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TSUSP Spring 2020 Newsletter

For the past few years, I’ve issued a newsletter at the end of Spring term to share Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning (TSUSP) news with the wider group of community partners, alumni, and agencies and firms with which we work. We do have much to celebrate and I've placed a few highlights below my signature. 

I want to skip my normal narrative to instead reflect briefly on our role in supporting the movement for Black Lives. (These are my views and not a collective statement by the school). The protests across the country, indeed the world, are not only about ending the violent policing of the Black community - they’re also about ending institutionalized systems of racism more broadly. As urban planners, scholars and community advocates, we can’t ignore how our cities and regions act as spatial and economic systems of racism, designed to reinforce white supremacy. The burdening of neighborhoods with unwanted land uses, zoning which effectively prohibits affordable housing, the uncompensated wealth lost to lending and investment redlining, urban renewal and freeway-related clearance in Black communities, the present-day displacement of those same redlined communities, the opportunity hoarding by wealthy white communities, and ongoing discrimination in applications for jobs, apartments, and loans - the various urban encarnations of discrimination - must be confronted to create truly just and sustainable cities. 

Even further, all of our best intentions for creating inclusive urban spaces, from better parks to sidewalks and bike lanes, are for nothing without addressing racial profiling and surveilance, police brutality and other racist violence which shape how individuals of color experience public spaces. Creating community-based public safety alternatives to an increasingly militarized police must be an immediate urban planning and community development concern. And there is more to change - from how communities engage in, and lead, urban development processes, to the lack of representation of historically marginalized communities (including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) among urban planning and development professionals, and much more. 

Here at the Toulan School, we have much more to learn and change to be truly anti-racist in our practices, both within the school (what we teach and how we support students) and how we engage the outside world. I know I am joined by many of my colleagues when I promise to dedicate myself more to this work. The department’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee recently completed a review of our core classes in our three main programs and made specific recommendations for improving our curriculum. These recommendations will need follow-up in the months and years ahead. I ask all faculty, staff, students, and alumni to be involved in efforts to improve our school. Thanks for reading - please reach out if you’d like to engage with me on these issues. 

Aaron Golub
Director and Associate Professor
Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning
Portland State University

TSUSP Highlights 2019-20

With 17 faculty and 300 students spread over five degree programs and five graduate certificates, it is impossible to cover everything here. Here are a few notable items: 

We welcomed Dr. Kacy McKinney, a human geographer and interdisciplinary feminist educator to our Toulan School team.

We are excited to announce that we will be joined in the fall by Dr. Julius McGee, an environmental sociologist whose work and teaching focuses on climate change, energy, incarceration, and urbanization. 

Dr. Megan Horst was awarded tenure and promotion and will return in the fall as Associate Professor!

Our Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, ranked #15 nationally (out of around 100 accredited programs) was re-accredited for the maximum seven-year term. Thanks to everyone who supported the accreditation process. 

Julia Jones, Community Development student, won the 2020 CUPA Undergraduate Student Community Service Achievement Award.

Gabrielle Kornahrens was our inaugural winner of the Glasper West Leadership Award, honoring the memory of our beloved student-leader Glasper.

Dr. Marisa Zapata received the 2020 Philanthropic Leadership Award from the PSU Foundation for her substantial fundraising efforts as director of the Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative .

USP Urban Studies Doctoral graduates Diana Denham and Erin Goodling (along with Environmental Science and Management alum Melanie Malone and USP alum Mary Ann Rozance) were awarded the 2020 ACSP/ Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Curriculum Innovation Award

2018 MUS graduate Khanh Pham won the democratic primary in a landslide to represent Oregon's 46th House District (East Portland) (and will run uncontested in November)!

Dr. Ellen Shoshkes is co-leading a campus wide symposium on urban design initiatives over the coming year.

Ed. Sullivan was appointed to the State of Oregon Housing Rulemaking Advisory Committee.

MURP Alumni Sabina Roan launched a podcast on disaster preparedness and recovery called “Seismic Airwaves.”

USP Urban Studies Doctoral student Kelly Rodgers was appointed to American Public Health Association’s Center for Climate, Health and Equity advisory board

Many USP students were selected as NITC Scholars this year and MURP Gwynn Kaliher-Mackellen received the 2019/2020 Michael Lindberg American Public Works Association Scholarship.

For more information on faculty and student research in TSUSP please visit our campus research centers such as the Center of Urban Studies, the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, the Population Research Center, the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC), the Northwest Economic Research Center, and the Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative .

Faculty and Student Publications 2019-20 

Bates. We still need new ideas. Planning Theory & Practice.
Bates. What are the prospects for a politically intelligent planning system? Planning Theory & Practice.
Bates. Gigs, Side Hustles, Freelance: What Work Means in the Platform Economy City. Planning Theory & Practice.
Bates. “Planning for Growth without Displacement." In Advancing Equity Planning Now.
Flanigan, S., Lieb, E., Bates, L. K., Bostic, R., and Whitney, S. V. Access to Opportunity Project: Final Report
Carlton. Transit Planners' Transit-Oriented Development-Related Practices and Theories.  Journal of Planning Education and Research.
Conlon, K.  Adaptive injustice: Responsibility to act in the plastics economy. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 
Conlon, K., Jayasinghe, R., & Dasanayake, R. Circular economy: waste-to-wealth, jobs creation, and innovation in the global south. World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development
Denham, D., M. Rozance, M. Malone, E. Goodling. Sustaining Future Environmental Educators: Building Critical Interdisciplinary Teaching Capacity Among Graduate Students. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences
Rozance, MA, D. Denham, S, Kidd.  Contesting neoliberal knowledge politics in restoration governance: the restorationist’s dilemma Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning 
Dill, J., McNeil, N., and Howland, S. Effects of Peer-to-Peer Carsharing on Vehicle Owners’ Travel Behavior. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies.
Orr, B., MacArthur, J., and Dill, J. The Portland E-Scooter Experience .Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC).
Fang, Y., Liu, Z., & Chen, Y. Housing Inequality in Urban China: Theoretical Debates, Empirical Evidences, and Future Directions. Journal of Planning Literature.
Golub, A., Satterfield, V., Serritella, M., Singh, J., & Phillips, S. Assessing the Barriers to Equity in Smart Mobility Systems: A Case Study of Portland, Oregon. Case Studies on Transport Policy.
Golub, Brown, Grant, McNeil, Ryerson, Gray, Lonsdale & Levy. Addressing Changing Demographics in Environmental Justice Analysis, State of Practice. Federal Transit Administration.
Horst.  Changes in Farmland Ownership in Oregon, USA. Land
Horst, M. & Marion, A. Racial, Ethnic and Gender Inequities in Farmland Ownership and Farming in the US. Agriculture and Human Values. 
Horst. New research explores the ongoing impact of racism on the US farming landscape. Civil Eats.
Jurjevich & Tracy. A Citizenship Question and Census 2020: Quantifying the Undercount Risk in Oregon. Census 20/20 Now.
Zapata, M., Liu, J. H., Everett, L. E. M., Hulseman, P., Potiowsky, T., & Willingham, E. Governance, Costs, and Revenue Raising to Address and Prevent Homelessness in the Portland Tri-County Region. Portland State University Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative
Bershaw, J., Burns E.R., Cladouhos, T. T., Horst, A.E., Houten, B.V., Hulseman, P., Kane, A., Liu, J.H., Perkins, R.B., Scanlon, D. P., Streig, A.R., Svadlenak, E.E., Uddenberg, M.W., Wells, R.E.,  & Williams, C.E.  An Integrated Feasibility Study of Reservoir Thermal Energy Storage in Portland, Oregon, USA. Proceedings, 45th Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering Stanford University. 
Liu et al. Understanding Economic and Business Impacts of Street Improvements for Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility - A Multi-City Multi-Approach Exploration. NITC Project Report. 
Macht. Building Value in Infill Lot-Philadelphia. Urban Land
Macht. Bringing Mixed Uses—and Open Space—to a Multiple-Small-Block Development in Portland. Urban Land
Macht. Rise of Pop-up Hotels. Urban Land
Macht. Reduced Parking via Car Sharing. Urban Land
Marotta, S. & Cummings, A. Planning Affectively: Power, Affect, and Images of the Future. Planning Theory. 
McKinney. "You cannot avoid all of this past, present and future when it’s everywhere around you"  in Out there learning : critical reflections on off-campus study programs
Quested, T. E., Palmer, G., Moreno, L. C., McDermott, C., & Schumacher, K. Comparing diaries and waste compositional analysis for measuring food waste in the home. Journal of Cleaner Production
Schrock, G., Doussard, M., Wolf-Powers, L., Marotta, S., & Eisenburger, M. Appetite for Growth: Challenges to Scale for Food and Beverage Makers in Three US Cities. Economic Development Quarterly. 
Schrock, G., and L. Wolf-Powers.  Opportunities and risks of localized industrial policy: the case of ‘maker-entrepreneurial ecosystems’ in the United States. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
Eisenburger, M., M. Doussard, L. Wolf-Powers, G. Schrock, & Marotta. Industrial Inheritances: Makers, Relatedness and Materiality in New York and Chicago. Regional Studies. 
Van Sant, Hennessy, Domosh, Arefin, McClintock, & Mollett. Historical Geographies of, and for, the Present. Progress in Human Geography. 
Rice, Cohen, Long & Jurjevich. Carbon Gentrification in the Climate Friendly City: Emerging Contradictions and Unanswered Questions. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (Forthcoming)
Shandas, Voelkel, Williams & Hoffman.  Integrating Satellite and Ground Measurements for Predicting Locations of Extreme Urban Heat. Climate
Shmueli, Ozawa & Kaufman. Mining Collaborative Planning for Disaster Preparedness and Response. International Journal of Constitutional Law (Forthcoming).
Sussman. Russiagate is Dead! Long Live Russiagate! Counterpunch
Allen, Ozawa, & Babcock.  Strengthening Your Community by Tackling Challenges Together: Lessons from the High Desert Partnership. 
Hoffman et al. The Effects of Historical Housing Policies on Resident Exposure to Intra-Urban Heat: A Study of 108 US Urban Areas. Climate. 
Chang et al. A community-engaged approach to transdisciplinary doctoral training in urban ecosystem services. Sustainability Science.  
Shandas. Urban Heat and Livability. Urban Adaptation to Climate Change.  
Makido et al. Predicting Urban Growth. Urban Adaptation to Climate Change.
Hellman & Shandas. Community Resilience to Climate Change: Theory, Research and Practice. 
Shandas et al. Towards the Implementation of Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Perspectives from Municipal Managers in the Pacific Northwest. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 
Schumacher & Shandas. Rescaling Air Quality Management: An Assessment of Local Air Quality Authorities in the United States. Air, Soil and Water Research. 
Fahy et al. Spatial Analysis of Urban Flooding and Extreme Heat Hazard Potential in Portland, OR. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.
Ramirez et al. Hydraulic vulnerability of native trees is increased by urban heat. Urban Ecosystem Research Consortium of Portland/Vancouver Presentation.
Shandas et al. Integrating Satellite and Ground Measurements for Predicting Locations of Extreme Urban Heat. Climate. 
Makido et al. Nature-Based Designs to Mitigate Urban Heat: The Efficacy of Green Infrastructure Treatments in Portland, Oregon. Atmosphere. 
Ferwati et al. A Comparison of Neighborhood-Scale Interventions to Alleviate Urban Heat in Doha, Qatar. Sustainability. 
Moffett et al. Urban-Rural Surface Temperature Deviation and Intra-Urban Variations Contained by an Urban Growth Boundary. Remote Sensing. 
Shandas et al. Perspectives From Outside the EU: The Influence of Legal and Planning Frameworks on Landscape Planning. Landscape Planning with Ecosystems Services. 
Antonopoulos, Trusty & Shandas.  The role of building characteristics, demographics, and urban heat islands in shaping residential energy use. City and Environment Interactions. 
Sussman. Making Enemies: the Mainstream Media Spectacle and US Foreign Policy. Perspectives on Global Development and Technology. 
Sussman. RussiaGate: The Construction of Enemy. Media Imperialism: Continuity and Change [Book chapter]. 
Sussman. Labor in the Age of Digital (Re)Production. Political Economy of Media Industries Global Transformations and Challenges [Book chapter]. 
Gehrke & Wang. Operationalizing the neighborhood effects of the built environment on travel behavior. Journal of Transport Geography. 
Hu. & Wang. Housing Location Choices of the Poor: Does Access to Jobs Matter? Housing Studies. 
Yang & Wang. Testing the constant commuting time hypothesis amid substantial changes to transportation and land use: case study of Portland, Oregon 1994-2011. The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine: Transportation and Research Board. 
Finn, Chandrasekhar & Xiao. A Region Recovers: Planning for Resilience after Superstorm Sandy. Journal of Planning Education and Research. 
Xiao  How to Involve Businesses in Community Resilience Planning. 
Zapata, Liu, Everett, Hulseman, Potiowsky, & Willingham.  Governance, Costs, and Revenue Raising to Address and Prevent Homelessness in the Portland Tri-County Region. Portland State University Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative 2019.
Zapata, Broach, Boden, & Xie. Defining and Measuring Equitable Access to Washington Park in Portland, Oregon.  https://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/trec_reports/190/