Honoring Patrol Officer Sean Collier

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Mon, 04/22/2013 - 10:12am

Wednesday, April 22,  at noon, MIT hosted a memorial service honoring the late Sean Collier, President L. Rafael Reif. The event was open to the MIT community and to law enforcement officers from across the nation.

Top state and federal officials attended the event, held on Briggs Field.  The event followed a private memorial service and funeral in Wilmington, Mass. for Collier, the MIT Police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty on Thursday evening.

Excellence in Public Service Awards: 2013 Call for Applications

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Thu, 04/18/2013 - 2:55pm

The department is now accepting applications for our annual Excellence in Public Service Awards.  Deadline: May 22, 2013.

 

Purpose.   In 1999, DUSP established the Fund for Excellence in Public Service to raise funds to assist and encourage graduates from the Master in City Planning (MCP) program who choose to pursue public service careers.  The Excellence in Public Service Awards, as the Fund’s first initiative, is designed to advance three purposes:

Xav Briggs at APA: "Inventing the Next American Economy"

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 2:24pm

On Sunday, April 14, 2013, DUSP Professor Xav Briggs delivered the opening keynote address for the National Conference of the American Planning Association in Chicago.  The title of his talk was "Inventing the Next American Economy: Why Planning Matters and Where the Pitfalls Lie."

To view the full Presi presentation from his address, see below.

Purging the Poorest

Submitted by Eran Ben-Joseph on Sat, 04/06/2013 - 11:04am

Larry Vale new book  Purging the Poorest: Public Housing and the Design Politics of Twice-Cleared Communities offers a new narrative of the seventy-five-year struggle to house the “deserving poor.”  In the 1930s, two iconic American cities, Atlanta and Chicago, demolished their slums and established some of this country’s first public housing. Six decades later, these same cities also led the way in clearing public housing itself.

Coming Home to New Orleans

Submitted by Eran Ben-Joseph on Sat, 03/23/2013 - 7:49am

Karl Seidman new book, Coming Home to New Orleans, documents grassroots rebuilding efforts in New Orleans neighborhoods after hurricane Katrina, and draws lessons on their contribution to the post-disaster recovery of cities.    The book summarizes Katrina's impact and the planning and public sector recovery policies that set the context for neighborhood recovery and presents and analyzes rebuilding for six New Orleans neighborhoods.

Smart Device and Travel Time Use

Submitted by Jinhua Zhao on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 11:11pm

This research investigates the usage of smart devices and time at bus stops and on buses in Vancouver, Canada. Using passive observations and self-reported surveys mainly from college students, the majority of passengers were found to use their travel time actively. Most of the observed active activities are associated with the usage of smart devices. However, while the possession of smart devices is prevalent, less than one third of passengers used them during travel.

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