TSUSP Spring 2018 Newsletter

As the new director, I am pleased to issue the Spring, 2018 newsletter of the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning (TSUSP), in order to share accomplishments from our school among current students and faculty, alumni and the wider group of community partners, agencies and firms with which we work. With over 20 faculty and 250 students spread over five degree programs and five graduate certificates, it is difficult to cover everything here. I will highlight some of the biggest news from our students, faculty, and programs and web links will allow you to explore further.

First I want to acknowledge the changes to the Toulan School family. After four retirements in the past two years (Charles Heying, Loren Lutzenhiser, Ethan Seltzer, and Richard White), Margaret Neal retired this winter. We wish all of them the best in this next chapter of their lives and careers. In the meantime, we welcomed two new faculty; Dr. Yu Xiao, who works to improve community resilience, focusing on economic recovery after shocks such as natural disasters and Dr. Moriah McSharry McGrath, who works at the intersection of urban land use, race, class and health. 

Our undergraduate Community Development program will begin offering an exciting new course this summer called the “Urban-Rural Ambassadors Summer Institute.” The course is a collaboration between Eastern Oregon University and PSU to develop collaborative and leadership skills in undergraduates at both institutions, while exploring statewide issues that cross and connect urban and rural communities. Governor Brown announced her support for the course as part of the state’s effort to, in her words, “create a new pipeline of future leaders.”

Our Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program, recently ranked #14 nationally by Planetizen (out of around 100 accredited programs), met success yet again when one of its Planning Workshop projects won a national student project award from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). The award, given for “application of the planning process,” is awarded annually at the conference of the American Planning Association. This was the third year in a row and the eighth time in the past 12 years that MURP students have won an AICP award. The project, called Umatilla Together, engaged residents in a visioning and planning process for downtown Umatilla in eastern Oregon. Congratulations to the students, and to Drs. Marisa Zapata and Ethan Seltzer for guiding these successful student groups. 

Faculty and students are involved in a wide variety of research projects; TSUSP faculty currently (May, 2018) administer 2.6 million dollars in externally funded research grants. Just a fraction of this work is presented below in a list of recent projects and publications. Research in TSUSP is organized through several 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, among others. Notably, TREC recently won another round of funding in a stiff national competition for one of five federally-supported University Transportation Centers. 2017-18 was the first year of the five-year, 15.6 million-dollar, funding cycle. TSUSP faculty Dr. Jennifer Dill, director of TREC and lead organizer of the grant application, was tapped this year to serve as PSU interim Vice President for Research. Another research project of note is the effort by Dr. Jason Jurjevich to engage with researchers, advocates and community leaders to maximize the accuracy and impact of the 2020 Census, currently under threat by cutbacks in funding and federal support. Visit the website he developed for more information about how you can get involved.  

Our Urban Studies doctoral program continues on strongly, with numerous recent graduates securing faculty positions in the highly competitive academic job market, including Kirstin Munro (St. John's University, NY), Arlie Adkins (University of Arizona), Carey Higgins-Dobney (Fresno State University), Dillon Mahmoudi (University of Maryland - Baltimore County), and Tara Goddard (Texas A&M). Erin Goodling received a NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (University of Oregon) to study the urban political ecology of houseless rest areas. Current doctoral candidate Katie Conlon won a Fulbright award to support her field research on waste management in Sri Lanka. Doctoral candidate Diana Denham received the Inter-American Foundation's Grassroots Development Field Research Fellowship for her research on Indigenous markets and supermarket expansion in Oaxaca, Mexico. Finally, doctoral candidate Dave Kresta will be a M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Visiting Scholar to further his work on how churches and faith-based non-profits address poverty and inequality. 

Our faculty and students continue to be recognized for their work. Faculty member Dr. McGrath will be a Fellow for the next three summers through the Center for Engaged Learning Research Seminar at Elon University. MURP student Madison Levy won the ENO Fellowship recognizing the nation’s top 20 graduate students in transportation, engineering and planning. TSUSP students and faculty were awarded by the College of Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA) for their scholarship, with Dr. Marisa Zapata winning the 2017 award for Junior Faculty Scholarship, Dr. Jennifer Dill winning the 2018 award for Senior Faculty Scholarship, with MURP student Reed Broderson, and doctoral student Carey Higgins-Dobney and undergraduate student Karen Torres-Olguin winning 2018 awards as well. 

Thanks for reading - I wish everyone a great summer!

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

Faculty and Student Publications 2017-18 

Adiv. Goodbye to the National Endowment for the Arts? Arts and International Affairs.

Adiv. Review of City Unsilenced: Urban Resistance and Public Space in the Age of Shrinking Democracy. Urban Geography.

Adiv. On being groped and staying quiet. Or, what kind of place an airplane can be. Gender, Place, and Culture.

Adler. “All this for 9000 Acres of Ag Land?: State, Regional, Local, and Civic Sector Planners Debate the Original Portland Urban Growth Boundary During the 1970s.” Society for American City and Regional Planning History Conference.

Arakawa, Sachedeva & Shandas. “Environmental Stewardship: Pathways to community cohesion and cultivating meaningful engagement.” In Handbook of Engaged Sustainability. 


Bates. “Planning for Growth without Displacement." In Advancing Equity Planning Now (forthcoming).

Bates & Golub. Planning Ahead for Livable Communities Along the Powell-Division
BRT: neighborhood conditions and change.
National Institute for Transportation and Communities.

Brinkley, Raj & Horst. Culturing food deserts: Recognizing the power of community-based solutions. Built Environment. 


Carder, Tunililar, Elliott, Dys & Neal. Community-Based Care Resident and Community Characteristics Report: Assisted Living, Residential Care, Memory Care. Oregon Department of Human Services.


Combs and McClintock. Comparing urban agriculture in four areas of Portland: Mapping and survey results. UrbanAg.info.

Coplen. The labor between farm and table: Cultivating an urban political ecology of agrifood for the 21st century. Geography Compass.

Darly & McClintock. Urban agriculture in the neoliberal city: Critical European perspectives / Agriculture urbaine et ville néolibérale: perspectives critiques venues d'Europe. ACME: A Journal of Critical Geographies. 


Darly & McClintock (eds). Special Themed Issue: Urban Agriculture in the Neoliberal City: Critical European Perspectives. ACME: An International Journal of Critical Geographies.

Denham. Community forest owners evaluate a decade of payments for ecosystems services in the Mexican cloud forest: The importance of attention to Indigenous sovereignty in conservation. Society and Natural Resources. 


Dill, Smith & Howe. Promotion of Active Transportation among State Departments of Transportation in the U.S. Journal of Transport & Health.

Fang & Shi. Children of migrant parents: migrating together or left behind. Habitat International. 

Ferwati, Skelhorn, Shandas & Voelkel. Analysis of Urban Heat in a Corridor Environment: The cast of Doha, Qatar. Urban Climate. 


Filippova & Xiao. Economic Effects of Regulating the Seismic Strengthening of Older Buildings. Building Research & Information.

Freybote, Fang & Gebhardt. The impact of temporary uses on property prices: the example of food trucks. Journal of Property Research.

Gaddis & Coplen. Reorganizing School Lunch for a More Just and Sustainable Food System in the US. Feminist Economics.

Gebhardt  “Transient and Informal: Negotiating Temporary Use in Portland, Chicago, and Detroit.” In Transience and Permanence in Urban Development. 

Gibson. Portland’s Black Belt: Motives and Means in Albina Real Estate, 1940-1990
Oregon History Pub Lecture Series, May 22, 2017.

Horst. Food justice and municipal government in the United States. Journal of Planning Theory and Practice.


Horst. Insurgencies and revolutions: Reflections on John Friedmann’s contributions to planning theory and practice. Planning Theory and Practice.


Horst. The uncertain future of Oregon’s agricultural lands and the role of planners. Solicited article. Oregon Planners’ Journal.


Horst, Brinkley & Martin. “Urban ag in the ‘burbs.” In Cities of farmers: Problems, possibilities and processes of producing food in cities. 


Horst & Gwin. Land access for direct market food farmers in Oregon, USA. Journal of Land Use Policy.


Horst, McClintock & Hoey. The intersection of planning, urban agriculture, and food justice: A review of the literature. Journal of the American Planning Association.


Howland, McNeil, Broach, Rankins, MacArthur & Dill. Current Efforts to Make Bike Share More Equitable: A Survey of System Owners and Operators. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board.

Hu & Wang. Housing Location Choices of the Poor: Does Access to Jobs Matter? Housing Studies.


Jurjevich, Griffin, Spielman, Folch, Merrick & Nagle. Navigating Statistical Uncertainty:  How Urban and Regional Planners Understand and Work with American Community Survey (ACS) Data for Guiding Policy. Journal of the American Planning Association.

Jurjevich, Proehl, Chun, Rancik, Michel & Harada. Coordinated Population Forecasts:  2017-2067. Oregon Population Forecast Program.

Jurjevich, Schrock & Kang. Destination Portland: Post-Great Recession Migration Trends in the Rose City Region. America on the Move.

Kim & Wang. Activity Duration Analysis: A Discrete-Time Approach for Recurrent Events, Competing Risks, and Multiple States. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 


Kwon, Channam & Xiao. Exploring the Role of Neighborhood Walkability on Community Currency Activities: A Case Study of the Crooked River Alliance of TimeBanks. Landscape and Urban Planning.

Kwon, Channam, Xiao & McIntosh. Community Currency Activities, Community Attachment, and Quality of Life: A Case Study of the Crooked River Alliance of TimeBanks. Time and Society.

Liu and Shi. Impact of Bike Facilities on Residential Property Prices. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board.

Macht. Urbanizing the Town Center of Columbia, MD. Urban Land. 


Macht. From Brownfields to New TOD Downtown. Urban Land.


Macht. Urban Housing Transforms Industrial Area. Urban Land.

Macht. Vibrant Alley Links Many Uses. Urban Land. 

Macht. NW Small Blocks: Development Rationale. Urban Land.


Marcantonio, Golub, Karner & Nelson Dyble. Confronting inequality in metropolitan regions: Realizing the promise of civil rights and environmental justice in metropolitan transportation planning. Fordham Urban Law Journal.

Martin & Horst. Recipe for resiliency: There is more to community food systems than farmers markets. Planning Magazine. 


Martin & Levy. The Balancing Act: A Look at Dynamic School District Boundaries. Metroscape.

McClintock. Preface. Global Urban Agriculture: Convergence of Theory and Practice between North and South. 

McClintock. Urban agriculture, racial capitalism, and resistance in the settler-colonial city. Geography Compass.


McClintock. Cultivating (a) sustainability capital: Urban agriculture, eco-gentrification, and the uneven valorization of social reproduction. Annals of the American Association of Geographers.


McClintock & Simpson. Stacking functions: Motivational frames guiding urban agriculture organizations and businesses in the United States and Canada. Agriculture and Human Values.


McClintock, Miewald & McCann. The Politics of Urban Agriculture: Governance and Contestation. The Routledge Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics.

McClintock, Novie & Gebhardt. Is It Local…or Authentic and Exotic? Ethnic Food Carts and Gastropolitan Habitus on Portland’s Eastside. From Loncheras to Lobsta Love: Food Trucks, Cultural Identity, and Social Justice. 


McGrath. Shifting meanings of health impact assessment in Pacific Northwest coal export proposals. ExtrACTION: Impacts, engagements and alternative futures.

McGrath. Of giraffes and geology: Finding CLIMB’s spirit animal and building a 3-D map of the city. The CLIMB Chronicles: Stories from the CLIMB Consensus Group. 

McNeil, Dill, DeVitis, Doubleday, Duncan & Weigand. Manual on Pedestrian and Bicycle Connections to Transit Federal Transit Administration.

Neal, Cannon, DeLaTorre, Bolkan, Wernher, Nolan, López  Norori, Largaespada-Fredersdorff, & Brown Wilson. Addressing the Needs of Older Nicaraguans Living on the Edge: A University-Community Partnership in International Service Learning. Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education.

Ozawa, Shmueli & Kaufman.  Process design decisions in community-based collaboration: implications for implementation and collateral social benefits. Journal of Planning Theory and Practice.

Rao, George, Shandas & Rosenstiel. Assessing the Potential of Land Use Modification to Mitigate Ambient NO2, and its Consequences for Respiratory Health. International Journal of Environmental Health and Public Health. 


Shandas, Makido & Ferwati. Rapid Urban Growth and Land Use Patterns in Doha, Qatar: Opportunities for sustainability. European Journal of Sustainable Development Research.

Shmueli, Ozawa & Kaufman. Mining Collaborative Planning for Disaster Preparedness and Response. International Journal of Constitutional Law (forthcoming).

Shandas, van Diepen-Haydat, Voelkel & Rao. Coproduction Resilience through Understanding Vulnerability. In Building Climate Resilient Economy and Society: Challenges and Opportunities.


Song, Li, Olshansky, Zhang & Xiao. Are We Planning for Sustainable Disaster Recovery? Evaluating Recovery Plans after the Wenchuan Earthquake. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.

Sullivan. Urban Growth Boundary in the US: Managing Land Scarcity in the Portland Region. In Instruments of Land Policy: Dealing with Scarcity of Land.

Sullivan. Public Regulation of Non-Commercial Speech. In The United States and United Kingdom: A Comparison. 


Sung & Bates. Preserving Housing Choice and Opportunity: A Study of Apartment Building Sales and Rents. Southwest Corridor Equity and Housing Advisory Group.

Sussman. Reheating the Cold War: US, Russia, and the New Rollback Policy. Perspectives on Global Development and Technology.

Twaddell, Rose, Broach, Dill, Clifton, Lust, Voros, Louch & David. Guidebook for Measuring Multimodal Network Connectivity, U.S. Department of Transportation. Federal Highway Administration.

Voelkel, Hellman, Sakuma & Shandas. Assessing Vulnerability to Urban Heat: A Study of Disproportionate Heat Exposure and Access to Refuge by Socio-Demographic Status in Portland, Oregon. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Voelkel & Shandas. Towards Systematic Prediction of Urban Heat Islands: Grounding measurements, and assessing modeling techniques. Climate.

Wahl & Shandas. Cities as Vulnerable Ecosystems. Nature of Cities.

Wang. Introduction to Data Science for Transportation Researchers, Planners, and Engineers. National Institute for Transportation and Communities. 


Wang, Liming & Currans. De-Transformation Bias in Non-linear Trip Generation Models. Journal of Urban Planning and Development.

Wang & Liu. Transportation Cost Index: A Comprehensive Performance Measure for Transportation and Land Use Systems and its Application in OR, FL, and UT. National Institute for Transportation and Communities.

Wei, Liu, Mu, Wang, Golub & Farber. Evaluating public transit services for operational efficiency and access equity. Journal of transport geography.

White, Elliott & Neal. Adult Care Homes in Multnomah County: Resident Satisfaction. Multnomah County Aging, Disability, and Veterans Services Division.
 
Wolf-Powers, Doussard, Schrock, Heying, Eisenburger & Marotta. The Maker Movement and Urban Economic Development. Journal of the American Planning Association.

Xiao & Watson. Guidance on Conducting a Systematic Literature Review. Journal of Planning Education and Research.

Zapata. Making and Using an Equity Lens at Campuses of Higher Education. Portland State University Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion.


Zapata & Bates. Equity Planning or Equitable Opportunities? The Construction of Equity in the HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants. The Journal of Planning Education and Research.

Zapata, Liu & Harris. Findings Brief for Equity Considerations for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cap-and-Trade Legislation in Oregon. Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS), Oregon Environmental Council (OEC) and Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC).

Zhong, Karner, Kuby, & Golub. A multiobjective optimization model for locating affordable housing investments while maximizing accessibility to jobs by public transportation. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science.