TSUSP Spring 2019 Newsletter

I am pleased to issue the Spring, 2019 newsletter of the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning (TSUSP), to share accomplishments from our current students and faculty with alumni and the wider group of community partners, agencies and firms with which we work. With over 20 faculty and 300 students spread over five degree programs and five graduate certificates, it is impossible 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 announce several big changes to the Toulan School family. After 20 years in the school Dr. Karen Gibson retired this spring, leaving a legacy of community-engaged research and collaborations in which she documented and elevated the contributions made by communities facing the challenges of underinvestment, displacement, and gentrification. Her 2007 piece “Bleeding Albina” exemplifies a careful multidimensional and multidisciplinary exploration of the complex trajectory of the African-American community of North and North-East Portland. The impacts of her work and teaching will be felt in the region for years to come. Next, two TSUSP faculty were promoted this year: Dr. Matthew Gebhardt will return to campus in the fall as associate professor with tenure and Dr. Moriah McGrath as senior instructor. Finally, we’re adding a new member to the faculty this coming year. We are excited to welcome Dr. Kacy McKinney, a human geographer and interdisciplinary feminist educator whose international scholarship and teaching on labor, community development, environment and social justice will add an exciting dimension to our Toulan School team.  

Our Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program, ranked #14 nationally (out of around 100 accredited programs), met success yet again when two of its Planning Workshop projects won awards this year. First, the project “Queets Village Relocation Vision: A Community Vision for a Safe Future Queets” won honorable mention from the American Planning Association. This was the fourth year in a row and the ninth time in the past 13 years that MURP workshop projects have been recognized for their work at APA. The project is a “community-informed vision plan for the Lower Village of Queets, WA, a part of the Quinault Indian Nation, which addresses adaptations needed for the safe and culturally appropriate development of housing, infrastructure, and community buildings outside the tsunami inundation zone in which the village is currently located.” Congratulations to the students, Sachi Arakawa, Ayano Healy, Steve Rosen, Thomas Scharff, Victor Tran, and Nate White. Second, the workshop project “Cowlitz County Heritage Plan” won an award for Historic Preservation Planning from the State of Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. The plan is “an action-based work plan that empowers the community to achieve an ambitious historic preservation agenda, and first and foremost, articulated a commitment to recognizing and honoring the diverse heritages of people.” Congratulations to the students, Mary Benedetto, Dan Dias, Donette Miranda, Margaret Raimann, Tracy Schreiber. And congratulations to Dr. Marisa Zapata and Deborah Stein for guiding these two projects.

Faculty and students are involved in a wide variety of research projects; as of May, 2019, TSUSP faculty are administering 1.3 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. An additional research center was added to the school’s purview when Dr. Marisa Zapata was tapped as the first director, after leading its proposal, for the new Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative which will address “the challenges of homelessness through research and evidence-based science that uncovers conditions that lead to homelessness.” We are excited for the opportunities this new center will open for our students and faculty to confront this important challenge facing our region.

Our students continue to be recognized for their work. Second-year MURP Bryan Nguyen will head to University of Da Nang in Vietnam supported by a Fulbright award to study campus sustainability, materials management, and waste reduction initiatives. Doctoral student Chris de Venecia will conduct his field research on migrant labor export policy of the Philippines with the support of the competitive Oregon Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff) Graduate Fellowship for International Research.

Finally, our faculty had another strong year of national recognition. Faculty member Dr. Moriah McGrath will continue her fellowship this summer through the Center for Engaged Learning Research Seminar at Elon University. Dr. Lisa Bates is busy on her sabbatical exploring new modes of scholarship and activism through her Black Life Experiential Research Group, which won the extremely competitive Creative Capital Award supporting cutting-edge creative work and artists. Dr. Bates was also awarded the 2019 UAA-SAGE Marilyn J. Gittell Activist Scholar Award recognizing her dedication to community-engaged and solution-oriented urban scholarship. Dr. Bates also collaborated on Portland African American Leadership Forum’s People’s Plan which won “Best Planning Project” from the International Association for Public Participation Cascade Chapter. Also making the national spotlight was Dr. Megan Horst, who won the 2018 ACSP Rising Scholar Award recognizing “early-career scholars who demonstrate strong potential for a meritorious impact on planning scholarship.”

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 2018-19

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.

Aiello, Bates, Graziani, Herring, Maharawal, McElwy, Phan & Purser. Eviction Lab Misses the Mark. Shelterforce
Arakawa, Sachedeva & Shandas. “Environmental Stewardship: Pathways to community cohesion and cultivating meaningful engagement.” In Handbook of Engaged Sustainability.

Barry, Horst, Inch, Legacy, Rishi, Rivero, Wessels, Zanotto & Zitcer. Unsettling planning theory: A provocation. Planning Theory

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

Bendor, Shandas, Miles, Belt & Olander.  Ecosystem Services and U.S. Stormwater Planning: An Approach for Improving Urban Stormwater Decisions. Environmental Science and Policy

Brickley, Schell & Sullivan. Climate Change and Oregon Law: What Is to Be Done? Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation

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

Dill, McNeil & Howland. Effects of peer-to-peer carsharing on vehicle owners’ travel behavior Transportation Research Part C.

Diller & Sullivan. The Challenge of Housing Affordability in Oregon: Facts, Tools and Outcomes Journal of Housing and Community Development

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

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

Flanigan, Bates & Lieb. Access to Opportunity: San Diego, Portland, Seattle. The Bedrosian Center, University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy.

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

Golub, Brown, Grant, McNeil, Ryerson, Gray, Lonsdale & Levy. Addressing Changing Demographics in Environmental Justice Analysis, State of Practice. Federal Transit Administration.

Golub, Satterfield, Serritella & Singh. Community-based Assessment of Transportation Needs to inform City of Portland Smart Cities Plan.

Horst. Changes in Farmland Ownership in Oregon, USA. Land

Horst & Marion. Racial, ethnic and gender inequities in farmland ownership and farming in the United States. Journal of Agriculture & Human Values

Horst. Analysis of Oregon farm property sales. Planning Oregon.

Horst. The 3 E’s of sustainability in climate action planning: The Portland Clean Energy Initiative. Planetizen

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

Horst. New research explores the ongoing impact of racism on the US farming landscape. Civil Eats.

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

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 & Tracy. A Citizenship Question and Census 2020: Quantifying the Undercount Risk in Oregon. Census 20/20 Now.

Liu. Measure: The Economic Value of PlacesForBikes – Making the Case. PlacesForBikes Conference 2018

Liu & Shi. Understanding the Accessibility, Economic and Social Equity Impacts of Urban Greenway Infrastructure. National Institute for Transportation & Communities.

Macht.  Housing Grows Taller With Light-Steel Urban Land.

Macht.  Steel Modules Speed Construction Urban Land.

Macht.  Mass Timber Tower Rises in Portland Urban Land.

Macht.  Urbanizing Former Alameda Naval Air Station Urban Land.

Macht.  Retrofitting Arterial Strip Centers Urban Land.

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

Martens & Golub. A Fair Distribution of Accessibility: Interpreting Civil Rights Regulations for Regional Transportation Plans. Journal of Planning Education and Research.

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

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

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.


McGrath, Goodling, and the Tenant Leadership Council. Culturally specific experiences of housing instability in Portland: Research findings. Community Alliance of Tenants.


Rafi Arefin, Hennessy, McClintock, Mollett & Van Sant. Forum: 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)

Schrock, Wolf-Powers, Doussard, Eisenburger & Marotta. Appetite for Growth: Challenges to Scale for Food and Beverage Makers in Three U.S. Cities. Economic Development Quarterly

Schrock & Foggin. The State of Urban Manufacturing: Portland City Snapshot. Urban Manufacturing Alliance

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).

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. Protecting Oregon’s Estuaries Ocean & Coastal Law Journal

Sullivan. Shorelands Protection in Oregon Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation

Sussman. Russiagate is Dead! Long Live Russiagate! Counterpunch

Sussman. America’s Troll Farm Media Counterpunch

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.

Wang, Gregor, Yang, Weinder & Knudson. Capturing the built environment-travel interaction for strategic planning: Development of a multimodal travel module for the Regional Strategic Planning Model (RSPM) Journal of Transport and Land Use.

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

Xiao, Zhong, Zhou & Zhou. Rail Transit Development in Lagging Regions: A Development-Oriented Investment and Financing Approach. Journal of Transport and Land Use.

Zapata, Percy & Andrews. Strategic Planning to Advance Equity on Campus: A Case Study at Portland State University. Metropolitan Universities.