City and Regional Planning

This PennPlanning Equity Initiative working paper explores the most extreme form of income segregation: the case in which most of a community’s poor residents are concentrated in just one or a few neighborhoods. It uses recent data from the American Community Survey to catalog the extent of spatially-concentrated poverty among U.S. metropolitan areas. 
Rhode Island’s relationship with water has long been a defining portion of the state’s identity. However, the towns, industries, and communities that were formed around the advantages of being close to the Narragansett Bay are now threatened by the results of climate change including sea level rise, storm surge, and coastal erosion. The state’s progressive policies on sea level rise and climate change put it at the forefront of research, data analysis, and policies that address climate change.
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Under the leadership of Associate Professor Megan Ryerson, the Center for Safe Mobility at Penn is pioneering a fundamental shift in how roadway safety is understood and evaluated by developing new ways to measure safety with proactive, user-based metrics.    
The Puerto Rico Resilience Plan is the result of a semester-long interdisciplinary studio at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design. A team composed of nine planning students and eight landscape architects worked collaboratively to engage with three sites in Puerto Rico: the area surrounding the San Jose Lagoon and Caño Martín Peña in San Juan; the mountainous region of Utuado, in the western central part of the island; and a region spanning from El Yunque National Forest to the coastline in the southeastern portion of the island. 
“In Fall 2018, a group of ten graduate city planning students developed a suite of design and policy recommendations for the City of Philadelphia’s Vision Zero program. Vision Zero, a movement which began in Sweden in the late 1990s, advocates for eliminating traffic deaths on our roads. The City of Philadelphia adopted Vision Zero through an executive order from Mayor Kenney in 2016, and subsequently released its Three-Year Action Plan in September 2017.
This PPEI Working Paper uses recent data from the American Community Survey to update previous into the extent of residential segregation in U.S. metropolitan areas.
Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

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Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning Vincent Reina is accepting submissions for The New Affordability Crisis, a symposium co-organized by PennDesign and Oxford.
Concept plan map of Suzhou

Image courtesy Suzhou Industrial Park Administrative Committee

Zhongjie Lin, associate professor of city and regional planning, is working on a new book entitled Constructing Utopias: China’s Emerging New Town Movement, that examines the reciprocal relationship between city building and social transformation in Asia’s largest economy through the lens of urbanism and utopianism.
Building off of a research project for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Assistant Professor Erick Guerra is examinining land use, transportation infrastructure, and commute patterns across Mexico’s 100 largest cities.
City scape and sky.

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In June of 2018, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning Vincent Reina received a University Research Foundation grant to study the impact and effectiveness of the Los Angeles Housing Choice Voucher program, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Southern California.
This PennPlanning Equity Initiative (PPEI) working paper uses recent data from the American Community Survey to investigate whether residents of minority and poor neighborhoods in America’s largest metropolitan areas suffer from systematic accessibility and mobility disparities.
This report summarizes the findings and recommendations of the 2019 "New Prospects for New England" studio.  The 2019 studio builds upon the conclusions of the 2016 Rebooting New England studio which proposed the creation of a modern passenger rail network linking all of New England's "left behind" mid-sized cities with New York City and Boston.  This studio focuses on three key elements of this broader rail and economic development strategy:
27th edition of Panorama, Department of City & Regional Planning student journal
"This studio sought to create a process that imagines the resilient redevelopment of the Luis LLorens Torres housing project in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Located between Old San Juan and the airport, LLorens Torres is the largest public housing project in the United States.
This working paper picks up on the U.S Supreme Court’s 2015 landmark decision in Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., which found that, whatever their intent, federal housing programs which generate disparate racial impacts violate the U.S.
Long Beach, California

Photo George Miquilena

This PPEI working paper by Professor of City and Regional Planning John D. Landis uses recent data from the American Community Survey to look at how African-Americans, Latinos, and women fare when compared to Whites and men in each of the nation’s 374 metropolitan areas on ten equity and opportunity categories.
Associate Professor Zhongjie Lin’s most recent project reexamines the theory of the Compact City using advanced GIS tools for quantitative research of compact urban form in China.
Street view of people waiting for bus

Photo: haikus via Flickr

Assistant Professor Erick Guerra recently released a report that analyzes, maps, and develops a series of indicators to identify which parts of the Buenos Aires metropolitan area are affordable to lower-income residents, when accounting for the costs of housing and transportation.
The Master of Urban Spatial Analytics (MUSA) program at PennDesign teaches at the intersection of data science and public policy. As part of the program, graduate students from the Department of City and Regional Planning and MUSA participated in the first annual MUSA/Smart Cities Practicum.
Over the Spring 2018 semester, students developed public realm projects to imporve low- and moderate- income neighborhoods in Queretaro, Mexico.  They began the project by analyzing the city of Querataro to identify neighborhood typologies.  During a week-long site visit, students presented initial project ideas for six key neighborhoods to their clients at teh Municipality of Queratoro's Secretary of Mobility.  Fundamentally, this studio is aimed at addressing inequality. 

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