Research Headlines

Community & Place-Making

Active frontages improve perceptions of safety, comfort, sociability and liveliness    

Are liveable neighbourhoods safer neighbourhoods? Testing the rhetoric on new urbanism and safety from crime in Perth, Western Australia

Changing communal space: a repeatable methodology for improving ‘rundown neighborhoods’

Commercial gentrification: local politics and the construction of place-based commercial identities

Compact, walkable, diverse: a positive outlook    

If youths spend too much time in front of screens, urbanism can help

Joint use of public schools: a framework for promoting healthy communities    

Like a good neighbor? The built environment and neighborliness 

New Urbanism may result in diverse neighborhoods, but not necessarily in diverse social interactions    

Open spaces, closed spaces: perceiving built characteristics

People’s feelings toward living in compact developments depends on how they understand the social and environmental consequences of settlement patterns    

Security over community? The psychosocial implications of dwelling type

Social cohesion and built characteristics in high-disadvantage neighborhoods

Social-mix policies and their effects/affects within social space: problems from Amsterdam

Shopping streets potentiate cultural change in Stuggart, Germany

Slow and steady: Jane Jacobs and gradual neighborhood development

Small businesses and entrepreneurial businesses are both valuable for communities, but in different ways and at different times    

Sprawl vs. compact development: reframing the debate in light of fraught definitions    

‘Suburban infill’: where can second units have a positive impact?    

Tall buildings and place-making: a conceptual model

The built environment shapes neighborhood residents' sense of community, but perception is a tricky question

The why and how of participatory place-making

Trees: benefits, challenges, and solutions

The right trees for your city are in this database

UK ‘home zones’ and their impact on liveability and activity 

Urbanism and social capital: using the built environment to bridge local space and drive social cohesion 

Urbanism, if done right, can strengthen local identities 

Where does face-to-face interaction happen? 

Why do liberals like compact development more than conservatives do?

Why urbanists need to plan small

Why urbanists need to think bigger

Crime & Safety

A Tale of Two Burglaries: different factors lead to daytime and nighttime burglary

A Tree Grows in Portland: the relationship between trees and crime

Active frontages improve perceptions of safety, comfort, sociability and liveliness

Are liveable neighbourhoods safer neighbourhoods? Testing the rhetoric on new urbanism and safety from crime in Perth, Western Australia

Built form affects perceived safety    

Crime and the projects: disproving negative anecdotal evidence about project-based subsidized housing

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design: overview of history and future outlook    

Kids walking home from school have insights into neighborhood design 

One-way or two-way? Change to two-way increases traffic, but decreases accidents, increase property values and reduces crime 

Open spaces, closed spaces: perceiving built characteristics

Pedestrian safety and how planning can enhance it

Social cohesion and built characteristics in high-disadvantage neighborhoods

The elderly and how community design can promote their safety

Diversity & Equity

Barbershop: the role of African American barbershops in resilient social networks

Commercial gentrification: local politics and the construction of place-based commercial identities

Community Reinvestment Act has improved loan accessibility in underprivileged areas, but further gains are needed    

Compact, walkable, diverse: a positive outlook

Does sprawl help minorities? 

Ethnic entrepreneurship can help communities better if they are recognized in public discourse

Ethnic entrepreneurship in core-periphery geographies of the late-19th United States 

Home-based enterprises are necessities, and urban planners need to take note

Integration through tenure mixing: good or bad for low-income residents? 

Is there diversity in the New Urbanism? Analyzing the demographic characteristics of New Urbanist neighborhoods in the United States

Neighborhood diversity doesn’t appear to attract the ‘creative class’

New Urbanism may result in diverse neighborhoods, but not necessarily in diverse social interactions 

SoCal municipalities don’t offer these incentives to make housing more affordable, but could    

Social-mix policies and their effects/affects within social space: problems from Amsterdam

Sprawl hinders socioeconomic mobility  

The widening gap between poor and rich neighborhoods since 1970

Underserved: food markets in inner-city Boston 

White neighborhoods still experience greater SES ascent, but minority neighborhoods also on the rise

Economic Development

Active frontages improve perceptions of safety, comfort, sociability and liveliness

Affordable housing creates jobs

Asian megacities do rail right, tapping into the global economy

Business improvement districts appear ineffective in NYC    

Central town retail: emerging development strategies in Milan, Italy 

Commercial gentrification: affordable workspace policy is not a “policy panacea” 

Commercial gentrification: local politics and the construction of place-based commercial identities    

Community Reinvestment Act has improved loan accessibility in underprivileged areas, but further gains are needed

Driving in shopping districts reduced by lower speed limit and fewer driveway crossings

Faster-growing cities do worse for residents

Home-based enterprises are necessities, and urban planners need to take note

How large-scale retail hurts Turkey, and how to fix it

Is Ebay replacing or remaking second-hand markets in cities?

Is New Urbanism right about retail and rail? 

Retail impact assessments: evaluating two competing models 

Planned and unplanned retail development in a ‘dumb-bell-shaped’ shopping center 

Renewal, not removal: a case study of urban renewal that doesn’t lead to gentrification    

Stores can be effectively designed for different kinds of shoppers

The planning profession in light of being divided between physical planning and socioeconomic planning

The widening gap between poor and rich neighborhoods since 1970

Underserved: food markets in inner-city Boston 

Using GIS to understand the socially undesirable outcomes of unregulated land-use in mid-19th century New York City

WalMart: Chicago superstore captures local retail sales without expanding the market

WalMart: How local and regional policy can make it work

WalMart’s impact on local economies unclear, especially in the long-term

White neighborhoods still experience greater SES ascent, but minority neighborhoods also on the rise

Governance & Policy

Adaptable built form can lead to sustained street vitality    

At odds? The aesthetic preferences of planners and the public regarding built form

Business improvement districts appear ineffective in NYC    

Central town retail: emerging development strategies in Milan, Italy 

Commercial gentrification: affordable workspace policy is not a “policy panacea” 

Connection between codes and walkability

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design: overview of history and future outlook    

Detroit: Different visions for the city's future don’t need to duke it out; they need to be rethought entirely

Does sprawl help minorities? 

Faster-growing cities do worse for residents

Get rid of the parking mandate: why parking and street regulations do more harm than good    

Goals for Urban Design

Home-based enterprises are necessities, and urban planners need to take note

How land-use patterns can be used to model public expenditures

How large-scale retail hurts Turkey, and how to fix it

How local policy can help small business in times of recession

Jane Jacobs was right: empirical verification in Seoul    

Kids walking home from school have insights into neighborhood design 

Land use homogenization in Phoenix, AZ, 1915-1963

Mixed-use streets in London: what does the future hold? 

“Model Subdivisions”: poor self-help settlements and their implications for policy 

Pedestrian safety and how planning can enhance it

Planning success depends on understanding market forces 

Practitioners must take visual connectivity seriously

Renewal, not removal: a case study of urban renewal that doesn’t lead to gentrification    

Schools not reducing acreage in accordance with relaxed state policies, possibly a result of lagging state guidance    

Slow and steady: Jane Jacobs and gradual neighborhood development    

‘Suburban infill’: where can second units have a positive impact?    

Success of high-density development depends on public feedback through counter-hierarchical institutions    

SoCal municipalities don’t offer these incentives to make housing more affordable, but could    

Sprawl vs. compact development: reframing the debate in light of fraught definitions    

The history and revival of representing urban space with figure-ground diagrams    

The planning profession in light of being divided between physical planning and socioeconomic planning

Urban service provision: strengths and weaknesses of five theoretical approaches    

Using GIS to understand the socially undesirable outcomes of unregulated land-use in mid-19th century New York City

WalMart: How local and regional policy can make it work

What is density? Toward a more nuanced understanding of density and its implications 

Who wants Smart Growth? Evidence from the Salt Lake region    

Why urbanists need to plan small

Why urbanists need to think bigger

Housing

Affordable Housing and NIMBYism: is there a way forward? 

Affordable housing creates jobs

Crime and the projects: disproving negative anecdotal evidence about project-based subsidized housing

Death by sprawl: traffic fatalities associated with land use patterns of sprawl 

Growing demand for traditionally designed subdivisions?    

Home values in NU neighborhoods fared better in recession, but NU features not the cause 

Improving walkability increases home values, but only in already walkable neighborhoods   

Integration through tenure mixing: good or bad for low-income residents? 

Minimum parking requirements hurt renters    

“Model Subdivisions”: poor self-help settlements and their implications for policy

On-site parking requirements may increase congestion   

Property values: impacts of walkable characteristics including density, pedestrian infrastructure, land use mix and more    

Security over community? The psychosocial implications of dwelling type

SoCal municipalities don’t offer these incentives to make housing more affordable, but could    

Social-mix policies and their effects/affects within social space: problems from Amsterdam

Suburban connectivity: how multifamily housing design affects mode choice and level of active travel

‘Suburban infill’: where can second units have a positive impact?

Success of high-density development depends on public feedback through counter-hierarchical institutions    

Strained connection between New Urbanism and increased housing prices    

Transit-induced gentrification: how pervasive is it, and how can it be mitigated?

Urban Growth Boundary inflates land prices, deflates housing prices in King County, WA

Metrics & Methodology

A 'bikeability index' to get people biking

Adaptable built form can lead to sustained street vitality    

Applying Google Street View and machine learning to studying walkability

Changing communal space: a repeatable methodology for improving ‘rundown neighborhoods’

Diagnosing space: a spatial modeling method to ameliorate socio-economic performance    

Determinants of urban sprawl in European cities  

Does block size matter? Smaller isn’t necessarily better for pedestrians   

Different New Urbanisms: a three-pronged typology    

Land use homogenization in Phoenix, AZ, 1915-1963

“Morpho”: a methodology for assessing urban form

Retail impact assessments: evaluating two competing models 

Simulating pedestrian and crowd movement

Sprawl and how to measure it

Transportation

A 'bikeability index' to get people biking

Asian megacities do rail right, tapping into the global economy

Death by sprawl: traffic fatalities associated with land use patterns of sprawl    

Does walkability lead to connectivity? Some potential limitations of smart growth

Driving in shopping districts reduced by lower speed limit and fewer driveway crossings

Driving, parking, and land use: an econometric analysis    

Get rid of the parking mandate: why parking and street regulations do more harm than good 

How microscale design influences the decision to bicycle

Is New Urbanism right about retail and rail?

Minimum parking requirements hurt renters

New Urbanism + conventional traffic engineering = conventional traffic behaviors

On-site parking requirements may increase congestion    

One-way or two-way? Change to two-way increases traffic, but decreases accidents, increase property values and reduces crime    

Practitioners must take visual connectivity seriously

Sprawl hinders socioeconomic mobility  

Streetcar vs. light rail ridership: different modes for different blokes 

Suburban connectivity: how multifamily housing design affects mode choice and level of active travel   

TODs create less demand for parking and driving  

Transit-induced gentrification: how pervasive is it, and how can it be mitigated?    

Walkability

Applying Google Street View and machine learning to studying walkability

Connection between codes and walkability

Compact, walkable, diverse: a positive outlook    

Does block size matter? Smaller isn’t necessarily better for pedestrians    

Does walkability lead to connectivity? Some potential limitations of smart growth

Driving in shopping districts reduced by lower speed limit and fewer driveway crossings

Improving walkability increases home values, but only in already walkable neighborhoods    

Kids walking home from school have insights into neighborhood design 

Leisure walkers walk in their own neighborhood

Pedestrian safety and how planning can enhance it

Practitioners must take visual connectivity seriously    

Property values: impacts of walkable characteristics including density, pedestrian infrastructure, land use mix and more    

Suburban connectivity: how multifamily housing design affects mode choice and level of active travel

The elderly and how community design can promote their safety    

Walking in Tehran: obligation and other factors in deciding where and whether to walk

'Walkshed size' and its association with block pattern    

Windows, street frontage, and street furniture may increase walkability