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  • Marcus Ziemke — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    font size Decrease font size Info Marcus Ziemke Marcus Ziemke is a 2014 Master s Candidate specializing in Housing Community Development Hometown Minneapolis MN Contact ziemke mh gmail com LinkedIn Marcus is a Master s candidate specializing in Housing Community Development with interest in disaster relief and emergency planning Marcus is a Veteran of the US Marine Corps and an OIF Veteran and enjoys working in the Veteran community In

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/people/students/student-bios-web/marcusziemke (2015-06-03)
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  • 2014 Master's Candidates — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    Class of 2015 Class of 2016 Doctoral Students Class of 2014 Alumni Staff Text Increase font size Decrease font size Info Send this page to someone Fill in the email address of your friend and we will send an email that contains a link to this page Address info Send to Required The e mail address to send this link to From Required Your email address Comment A comment about

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/people/students/student-bios-web/2014class/sendto_form (2015-06-03)
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  • 2015 Best Article in the Journal of Urban Affairs — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    an article published in 2014 Award Committee Assessment After weeks of careful deliberation the Best JUA Article 2014 Committee has chosen T William Lester s article The Role of History in Redistributional Policy Discourse 36 Nr 4 pp 783 806 Committee members praised Lester s path breaking application of urban theory and effective use of history to engage with the important question of what determines whether redistributional policy challenges will succeed Specifically the methodologically strong comparative two city study employs a historical approach thoughtful analysis and the rich local cases of San Francisco and Chicago to offer a new look at economic and political determinants of living wage policy outcomes Although his approach of historical new institutionalism is not new it has not been widely used in the study of urban political discourse Lester demonstrates in his words that history plays a critical role in how economic problems are framed and to varying degrees reframed history plays an active and contingent role by providing actors with the vocabulary with which to present their arguments p 801 Lester s article is an important contribution to how political actors use history and how political structures impact policy outcomes we expect that it will be widely applied THE ROLE OF HISTORY IN REDISTRIBUTIONAL POLICY DISCOURSE EVIDENCE FROM LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGNS IN CHICAGO AND SAN FRANCISCO THOMAS WILLIAM LESTER Dr T William Lester is an Assistant professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill His research interests are broad within the field of urban and regional economic development but generally focus on the role of social institutions and policy interventions in reducing income inequality and promoting balanced economic growth He is also an expert in policy evaluation and impact analysis He has studied the issue of minimum and

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/lester-jua (2015-06-03)
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  • Inaugural Master’s Project Conference — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    this local initiative The project focuses on what processes and conditions are necessary for CCHHs to be successful and sustainable 1 45 2 00 Demographic Change Near Rail Stations Melanie Morgan This study aims to add to existing literature on Transit Oriented Development TOD by quantifying demographic changes near rail stations in the United States between 2000 and 2010 Changes in station areas are considered in relation to changes at the wider metropolitan level to understand how the presence of a rail station influences demographic change By investigating some of the characteristics of gentrification this study provides insights for planners policy makers and advocates considering how a rail or TOD project might impact their existing communities 2 00 2 15 Evaluating inter agency transit headway adherence using AVL data Scott Boone Headway irregularity in public transit systems is a common source of frustration among users Using sampled GPS vehicle location data the coefficient of variation for a number of transit stops across four different transit agencies are calculated The difference between scheduled and observed headway variation is then analyzed at the agency route and stop level Results indicate most headway variation is captured at the route level suggesting that factors such as rolling stock and traffic infrastructure have a larger role in headway irregularities than stop level infrastructure or agency level policies Housing and Community Development Planning 2 15 2 20 Moderator Discussant Andrew Wittemore 2 20 2 35 Design Community The Potential for Community Design in the Triangle Amy Bullington The purpose of this project is twofold to add to the body of research on community design centers and to propose how such a center could potentially work in the specific context of the Triangle The first section focused on establishing the broader framework explores the past present and future of community design at both a national and local level The second section then builds upon this research to propose a workable model for a community design center based in the Triangle Economic Development Planning 2 35 2 40 Moderator Discussant Nichola Lowe 2 40 2 55 Lawrence Youth Council A Model for Youth Participation in Creating Healthy Cities Maryka Lier Young people are of vital importance to the social physical and economic health of a community Public health and community and economic development interventions often target youth but rarely are youth provided space to debate understand and shape the processes of their engagement There are many examples of how youth can be involved in various planning processes however youth participation in local economic development planning is not included in the literature in the United States The goal of this project was to develop a theory based model to be used by the Lawrence Youth Council to address public health and economic development in the City of Lawrence MA 2 55 3 10 Defining the Tipping Point for Redeveloping Downtown Maggie Parker The project seeks to define a tipping point for redeveloping a distressed downtown in eastern North Carolina

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/inauguralmpconf (2015-06-03)
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  • Graduate Students Make an Impact – Honored for Research Benefiting North Carolina — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    Marie Patane Curtis studied conventional fuel sources imported from outside North Carolina as well as in state sources of renewable electricity and compressed natural gas as transportation fuels to improve air quality increase energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in North Carolina Among the findings her research indicates that 1 renewable energy resources for electric generation in North Carolina are in principle sufficient to accommodate all light duty vehicles up to 2030 2 solar energy provides 90 percent of the available renewable energy in the state and should be maximized and 3 enough renewable natural gas resources exist in North Carolina to accommodate a significant number of the heavy duty vehicles expected to be registered in the state by 2030 However her findings suggest that renewable natural gas infrastructure costs must decrease for widespread deployment to occur Curtis used multiple state and federal data sources including the U S Department of Energy s Alternative Fuel Life Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation Tool in identifying challenges and opportunities associated with several alternative fuel deployment scenarios Her analysis will inform policymakers in their long term energy and transportation infrastructure planning Prestigious External Fellowship Winners and Awards The Graduate Student Recognition Celebration

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/impact-marie (2015-06-03)
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  • News — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    region characterized by extensive freshwater dependent ecosystems will be largely inundated by gradual sea level rise by the end of this century Impact of the Safe Routes to School Program on Walking and Bicycling Lester receives the Chester Rapkin award Each year the editors of the Journal of Planning Education and Research JPER appoint a committee to select the best paper in the previous volume of the journal for the

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/news/news-home/atct_topic_view?b_start:int=20&-C= (2015-06-03)
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  • Why North Carolinians Struggle To Find Affordable Housing — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    affordable housing In North Carolina two million families live without adequate housing Thousands of families are living in hotel rooms and many more live without heat or indoor plumbing Stagnant wages shrinking public spending and growing demand contribute to the problem Why is it becoming more difficult to find affordable place to live in North Carolina Host Frank Stasio talks with News Observer Raleigh and Wake Country reporter Andrew Kenney about developments in affordable housing in the region Frank also speaks with North Carolina Housing Coalition executive director Satana Deberry about the issues and myths surrounding affordable housing And he speaks with Helen Person a Wake County resident struggling to find affordable housing for her family He discusses affordable housing with experts William Rohe City and Regional Planning professor and director of the Center for Urban and Regional Studies at UNC Bill Rowe general counsel and advocacy director at the NC Justice Center and Ned Fowler president of the Northwestern Housing Enterprise Find out more about Walnut Terrace and read Kenney s reporting for the N O Helen Person and other Raleigh citizens living in hotels were featured in a N O article earlier this month Ethan Hyman of the

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/rohe-state-of-things (2015-06-03)
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  • Experts debate minimum wage laws across country — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    conservatives Lester said he believed in the promise of the federal government for raising the minimum wage which is currently 7 25 nationally and in North Carolina though other states have set higher levels Just because you re skeptical of government intervening to protect or outlaw something that you think is harmful doesn t mean that everything government does is bad Lester said But Smith joked that living in the South might have caused him to see government intervention as a red flag instantly He said the government s restrictions on same sex marriage pro abortion rights positions and other minority rights are an indication that alternatives are more promising We get fixated on the minimum wage because it s cute Smith said If we at least acknowledge that the trade offs are possible in minimum wage I would consider us to think of alternatives Lester said it s necessary to address wage gaps and the topic shouldn t be written off by the public or legislators referencing President Barack Obama s State of the Union address In the 2015 State of the Union Obama did address the minimum wage he challenged those who oppose increasing minimum wage to try living on it If not vote to give millions of the hardest working people in America a raise Obama said Neither Lester nor Smith agreed on any specific reform for the minimum wage There s no clearcut line to say above 10 50 you re morally righteous and below 10 50 an hour you re horrible Lester said Smith said a minimum wage is not ideal but its elimination is not realistic Both Smith and Lester said they recognized the potential for cities designating their own minimum wages if conditions were ideal as in San Francisco among others It s

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/lester-wage-debate (2015-06-03)
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