May 29, 2015
Master's students in the Cal Poly, City and Regional Planning program recently presented their studio work on the campus Master Plan to Cal Poly President Armstrong. The students worked on the plan as a part of their 2nd year studio sequence 552-554. President Armstrong spent over an hour with the team going over the Master Plan policy proposals developed in the studio, in a robust discussion. The project demonstrates the capacity of both CRP students and faculty to make a difference on campus, and to use education to influence policy. Congratulations team!
May 28, 2015
Assistant Professor of City & Regional Planning William Riggs recently had his work featured in an article in The Atlantic by Richard Florida. The article focused on Riggs' work to evaluate the inclusivity of the most walkable areas in cities, using a case study of the San Francisco Bay Area. Riggs found that areas with the fewest concentration of black residents, are some of the least walkable in the Bay Area - a factor not wholly tied to housing values when controlling for price.
The article underscored Dr. Riggs' findings that there were many push and pull factors other than walkability influencing residential choice other than neighborhood, and that more research was needed to understand and address the equity issues in access to walkable areas. The full paper is available open access at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13549839.2014.982080.
Apr 24, 2015
The work of CRP lecturer, Ken Topping is featured in the Winter 2015 issue of Evidence Matters, US Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of Policy Development and Research quarterly bulletin.
Apr 20, 2015
Faculty member William Riggs was recently featured in the Washington for his work on two-way street conversions. The article entitled, "Why one-way streets are bad for everyone but speeding cars," focuses on research that tracked neighborhood conditions for 3 years after the conversion of a multi-lane, one-way street to two-ways. Riggs and his co-author Dr. John Gilderbloom from University of Louisville found that traffic collisions dropped steeply following the conversion. More details can be found at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/04/17/why-one-way-streets-really-are-the-worst/
Feb 18, 2015
Adding to recent awards from the Central Coast Chapter and State, the BSCRP third year studio in Milpitas (completed by current seniors in the BSCRP) recently won the national AICP Honor Award, given in recognition of special achievement by undergraduate planning student. The plan was the only award recipent from an undergraduate program, and was advised by Dr. Hemalata Dandekar and Dr. Vicente Del Rio. More on the Milpitas project and this prestigious award can be found at: https://www.planning.org/awards/studentproject.htm
Feb 18, 2015
UN-Habitat recently invited Dr. Michael Boswell to participate in an expert group meeting on 'Guidelines for City Climate Action Plans', taking palce in Oslo, Norway in conjunction with the 2015 Cities & Climate Change Initiative Advisory Committee Meeting. Dr. Boswell recently authored the leading text on Local Climate Action Planning with CRP faculty member Adrienne Greve and subject area expert Tammy Seale. More on their book can be found at climateactionplanning.com or from the publisher at Island Press.
Feb 9, 2015
One Wednesday 2/11/2015, from 11am-noon, CRP & RCRI welcome Dr. John Gilderbloom for a lecture entitled, "The 10 Commandments of Urban Regeneration" in the Dexter Fireplace Room (Building 34, Room 210). Dr. Gilderbloom is an expert in sustainable urbanism and has published widely in the areas of housing, community development, sustainable design and livability. He has been listed a top urban thinker by Planetizen (http://www.planetizen.com/topthinkers).
Feb 6, 2015
UC Berkeley's ITS Library recently featured a discussion of case study work by Dr. William Riggs. The research describes how balancing transit incentives and parking pricing can shift travel behavior, and how social incentives have the potential to be as effective as fiscal incentives is influencing mode choice. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cstp.2014.07.009
Jan 28, 2015
JANUARY 27, 2015
CRP Professor Dr. William Riggs recently released the findings from a study on the use of technology in city planning departments in 523 cities across the United States. Published on Planetizen.com the key findings from the study include:
- 10% of city planning departments have dedicated social media channels
- 83% of city planning departments offer their zoning code online
- 31% of cities self-publish their zoning code
- 21% of city planning departments do not offer their general plan online
- 40% of cities offer online property lookups (GIS)
Full results and a summary can be found at: http://www.planetizen.com/node/73480
Jan 28, 2015
DECEMBER 11, 2014
CRP Professor William Riggs is honored to be mentioned in an article written by Richard Florida, an American urban studies theorist. The article talks about walkability in neighborhoods and how it can shape housing prices, health, crime rates, etc. Read the full article written by Richard Florida here:http://www.citylab.com/design/2014/12/growing-evidence-shows-walkability-is-good-for-you-and-for-cities/383612/