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IURD Faculty Member Paul Waddell Among Six Entrepreneurs in Residence for His Big Data Work

Paul Waddell, a city planning professor at the University of California, Berkeley, with a penchant for conducting research with what he calls his “big urban data,” is putting his work to a real-world test in San Francisco. His high-tech startup “Synthicity” has been chosen from a field of nearly 200 applicants as one of San Francisco’s six new Entrepreneurs in Residence, a program that is bringing together the private sector and city departments to explore innovative solutions to civic challenges.—Berkeley NewsCenter


march 202-1 conferenceThursday and Friday, March 20 and 21
Two-Day Conference:

"Transit & Cities: Past, Present, Future"


Speaker Bios

Keynote Speakers:Peter Calthorpe (The Next American Metropolis and Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change), Jaime Lerner (Two-time Mayor, Curitiba, Brazil), and Therese McMillan (Deputy Administrator, Federal Transit Administration)
Host and Event Moderator: Robert Cervero (Director, IURD and UCTC;The Transit Metropolis and Transit Villages for the 21st Century)
Discussant: Allan Jacobs (Great Streets)



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world bank book coverTransforming Cities with Transit

Transit and Land-Use Integration for Sustainable Urban Development

Co-authored by IURD Director Robert Cervero, along with Hiroaki Suzuki and Kanako Iuchi, now available from the World Bank.

"Transforming Cities with Transit' explores the complex process of transit and land-use integration in rapidly growing cities in developing countries. As one of the most promising strategies for advancing environmental sustainability, economic competitiveness, and socially inclusive development in fast-growing cities, transit and land-use integration is increasingly being embraced by policy-makers at all levels of government. This book focuses on identifying barriers to and opportunities for effective coordination of transport infrastructure and urban development. Global best-case practices of transit-oriented metropolises that have direct relevance to cities in developing countries are first introduced. Key institutional, regulatory, and financial constraints that hamper integration and opportunities to utilize transit to guide sustainable urban development are examined in selected cities in developing countries. For this, the book analyzes their Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems and their impact on land development. The book formulates recommendations and implementation strategies to overcome barriers and take advantage of opportunities. It asserts that unprecedented opportunities have and will continue to arise for the successful integration of transit and land development in much of the developing world. Many cities in developing countries currently exhibit the pre-requisites - e.g., rapid growth, rising real incomes, and increased motorization and congestion levels - for BRT and railway investments to trigger meaningful land-use changes in economically and financially viable ways. Recommendations for creating more sustainable cities of the future range from macro-level strategies that influence land development and governance at the metropolitan scale to micro-level initiatives, like Transit Oriented Development (TOD), that can radically transform development patterns at the neighborhood level. The book will be of interest to a wide and diverse audience, including mayors, council members and other national and local policy makers, urban and transportation planners, transit-agency officials, and developers and staff of development financial institutions and others involved with TOD projects in rapidly growing and motorizing cities of the developing world."



IURD TOD Displacement Study Funded by California Air Resources Board (read more)

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) selected a project led by a team of UC Berkeley researchers composed of IURD Associate Director Karen Chapple and IURD faculty affiliates Daniel Chatman and Paul Waddell and a team led by Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris and Paul Ong of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs to develop ways to measure and predict the potential displacement of low-income communities of color as a result of increasing investment in transit-oriented development (TOD). The proposal is titled Developing a New Methodology for Analyzing Potential Displacement.

The award was announced at the ARB's June 27 meeting, where a total of 11 research projects was approved.

This project is housed in the Policy Impacts and Investment Research Cluster of IURD's Sustainable and Inclusive Regions Initiative: SIRI.


suburban gridlock coverSuburban Gridlock II, by Robert Cervero

Re-issued with new introduction by the author.

Suburban Gridlock was written in the mid-1980s at the height of the third wave of suburbanization, namely jobs, which followed in the steps of the first wave, households, and the second, retail. Though suburbanization has never been quite this tidy and sequential, this order of events is more or less right, characterizing much of America's metropolitan growth during the twentieth century....from the introduction to the 2013 edition.