Multi-state Study Finds Safe Routes to School Programs Work

A large-scale, multi-state study led by Noreen McDonald, CURS faculty fellow and director of the Carolina Transportation Program, finds Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs increase walking and biking to and from school. The study, entitled “Impact of the Safe Routes to School Program on Walking and Bicycling,” was published in the Journal of the American Planning Association. Continue reading

The Center Hosts Faculty Fellows at Annual Luncheon

CURS Director Bill Rohe addresses invitees at the annual Faculty Fellows luncheon.

CURS Director Bill Rohe addresses invitees at the annual Faculty Fellows luncheon.

October 3, 2014

The Center for Urban & Regional Studies was pleased to host researchers from across the university at its annual Faculty Fellows luncheon.  Faculty Fellows representing eight academic departments and the School of Government were joined at the event by representatives from the Dean’s Office and the Center for Community Capital (CCC). Continue reading

New Faculty Fellows Join CURS

The Center for Urban & Regional Studies is pleased to announce the addition of four new members to our Faculty Fellows program, which brings together scholars from over 20 departments across the UNC campus.

Whitney B. Afonso is an assistant professor in the School of Government and teaches classes in Public Financial picture of Whitney AfonsoManagement and Economics for Public Administrators at the Carolina MPA program. Professor Afonso’s research focuses on the intersection of public administration and economics, and pays special attention to how tax policy chosen at the state and local level affects both citizen and government behavior. She was recently nominated for the School of Government’s Albert and Gladys Coates Term Award for Faculty Excellence. Continue reading

CURS Researchers Weigh In At Poverty Summit

September 10, 2014

Several North Carolina metropolitan areas are among those with the fastest growing poverty rates in the nation, according to a recent research study. Researchers and leaders from across the Triangle and Triad gathered at the Greensboro Poverty Summit to discuss the particular challenges facing the region and how to combat poverty and economic insecurity in North Carolina. Among them were Todd Owen, Associate Director of the Center for Urban & Regional Studies (CURS), and William High of the Department of City & Regional Planning at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. High and Owen presented findings from their report North Carolina’s Distressed Urban Tracts: A View of the State’s Economically Disadvantaged Communities, which was published earlier this year. Continue reading

CURS Co-sponsors Immigrant Integration Summit

September 17, 2014

Photo credit: Latino Migration Project

Photo credit: Latino Migration Project

The Center for Urban & Regional Studies was proud to co-sponsor the Latino Migration Project’s summit on Immigrant Integration in NC, an event attended by over 70 participants from across the state.  The conference built on the work of Building Integrated Communities, a statewide initiative to enable local governments to successfully engage with immigrants and refugee populations to improve public safety, promote economic development, enhance communication and improve relationships.

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