April 24, 2015
Don Nonini presents research with colleague Dorothy Holland (not pictured) at Hickerson House.
In a presentation today called “Two, One, or No Local Food Movement(s) in North Carolina? The Significance of Local Activism in the Current Conjuncture,” Don Nonini and Dorothy Holland, both of the UNC Department of Anthropology, presented their findings from a multi-sited ethnographic study of local food activism in four regions of North Carolina. After describing the objectives, methodology, and the rationale for four different sites, they summarized their broad finding: there are major differences between food security and sustainable agriculture activisms, and neither one constitutes a social movement.
April 8, 2015
Confronting the Dark Side of “Smart Cities”
Torin Monahan talks with attendees after his presentation at Hickerson House on April 8, 2015.
Torin Monahan, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and
2014-2015 Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Urban and Regional Studies
Under the banner of “smart cities,” regional governments around the world are embracing sensing and networking technologies in hopes of solving a wide range of urban problems. Rather than view smart-city developments as neutral, it is important to probe their underlying politics and ask what kinds of worlds are being created in the name of efficiency, economic growth or security.
April 8, 2015
The Carolina Transportation Program hosted a presentation by Lauren Blackburn, Director of NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation, on “The Profession of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation: 40 Years in the Making” in the New East Reading Room at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Continue reading
A panel discussion called “Perspectives on Cohousing and Ecovillages: Building Diversity in Intentional Communities” was sponsored by the Center for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on March 27, 2015. Video of the panel discussion is below.
Dr. Allan Parnell presents his research on local government infrastructure provision and racial inequities during his talk in the New East Reading Room.
March 25, 2015
The Center for Urban and Regional Studies sponsored a talk today by Allan Parnell, Ph.D., vice president of the Cedar Grove Institute for Sustainable Communities, called “Local Political Geography and Racial Inequality: Spatial Evidence from Advocacy and Litigation” in the New East Reading Room at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Continue reading
Dr. Michael Webb (right) and Kirstin Frescoln with Rep. David Price
Dr. Michael Webb and Kirstin Frescoln met with Congressman David Price and his staffers on Wednesday, February 4th to discuss CURS’ recent report Innovation In Public Housing: The Moving to Work Demonstration. Rep. Price has recently become the ranking Democrat on the House’s Transportation-HUD subcommittee, which oversees HUD and the Moving to Work program.
February 3, 2015
CURS Director Bill Rohe was a guest on WUNC’s The State of Things today to discuss why North Carolinians struggle to find affordable housing. Click to listen!
Bill Rohe talks with Frank Stasio on WUNC’s The State of Things (photo credit: Hady Mawajdeh)
In his conversation with host Frank Stasio, Rohe discussed the results of two ongoing studies conducted by UNC’s Center for Urban and Regional Studies that inform the debate over how to help resolve North Carolina’s low- and moderate-income housing shortage.
The first examines the Charlotte Housing Authority’s HOPE VI grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which it used to redevelop Charlotte’s Boulevard Homes site. The study looks at people who were relocated to other public housing units or to private housing using housing choice vouchers (HCVs) during the redevelopment. Rohe noted Charlotte was able to move money around to provide assistance to help tenants move and provide access to counselors. Continue reading
Michael Webb discusses urban revitalization at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. (photo credit: Sydney Stanley)
CURS Research Associate Michael Webb took on the topic of urban revitalization in a talk at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in early February. Read an article in the UNCG student newspaper about Webb’s talk focusing on the King-Lincoln neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. Columbus is home to The Ohio State University, where Webb received his Ph.D. in Geography. Continue reading
The Carolina Transportation Program is pleased to support a public lecture by Enrique Peñalosa Londoño, former mayor of Bogotá and world renowned expert on public transportation and urban development. Continue reading
The Carolina Transportation Program and the Institute for the Environment’s Center for Sustainable Community Design present a talk by Benjamin Ross, author of Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism Continue reading