Transportation and the Health and Wealth of Cities

APA California, Central Section


Thursday, September 13, 2012
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. PDT

Modesto, CA, United States

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Older American cities, once the center of social and economic life for miles around, have tried for years to restore the lost luster of an earlier time. Many reasons have been advanced as to why these cities have not been able to regain their footing, but not enough attention has been paid to the role that transportation and land use planning have played. Research sheds new light on the ways in which modernist planning, which came into vogue in the 1940s, has worked to debilitate traditional town centers. We have looked at the role of street network design and parking policy on outcomes such as traffic safety, travel mode choice, and the economic growth of cities. This meeting will discuss our findings and how they point to developing transportation and land use policies for a better future in Valley cities like Modesto.

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Norman Garrick, Ph.D.

Confirmed Speaker

Dr. Garrick is Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and former Director of the Center for Transportation and Urban Planning at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Garrick is also a member of the national board of The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) and co-chair of CNU’s Transportation ... Read More