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  • Rodriguez named Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Community Design — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    North Carolina at Chapel Hill Faculty support is vital to UNC s success as an institution of higher learning As UNC Chapel Hill s largest and oldest school the College must maintain an outstanding faculty to stay at the cutting edge of research and teaching Endowed professorships provide a permanent source of income to support faculty members Gifts are invested and a portion of the investment income is used to supplement faculty salaries These professorships allow UNC to honor and reward its best faculty members while helping us recruit the nation s best to join the College Dr Rodriguez is an expert in transportation planning public transit and transportation policy His research focuses on the relationship between transportation and the built environment specifically how the two affect planning choices about the other Daniel brings a unique professionalism to all aspects of the department s life He is a superb scholar teacher and mentor This is a well deserved recognition says Department Chair Roberto G Quercia Rodriguez has a Ph D from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and has been a member of the UNC City and Regional Planning faculty since 2001 Rodriguez was also the director of the Carolina

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/danrod-distprof (2015-06-03)
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  • Rodriguez named director of Center for Sustainable Community Design — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    transportation planning public transit and transportation policy His research focuses on the relationship between transportation and the built environment specifically how the two affect planning choices about the other Rodriguez has served as the director of the Carolina Transportation Program since 2006 Institute for the Environment director Larry Band expects Rodriguez s background will contribute a great deal toward the Institute s mission of solving local to global challenges Daniel s expertise studying the complex issues of land use transportation and environmental health impacts will be a tremendous asset for the Institute and will assist in increasing collaboration and engagement on these multi disciplinary issues said Band Daniel brings with him a wealth of knowledge on how the design of transportation systems and transportation policy decisions interact and impact our communities our environment and our quality of life he said The Institute welcomes that experience and I am confident that an increased focus on transportation will enhance our ongoing work related to water air energy and sustainability Rodriguez has a Ph D from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and has been a member of the UNC City and Regional Planning faculty since 2001 He also serves as an adjunct

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/rodriguezdirector (2015-06-03)
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  • News — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    Graduate Student Recognition Celebration The Graduate Student Recognition Celebration recognizes students who are making a significant contribution to the mission of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in a wide variety of fields of study Bike Equity Discussion Bike Equity Discussion a round table discussion on diversity inclusion and access in cycling Have We Been Overestimating Flood Risk On The Outer Banks It would be easy to look

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/news/news-home/atct_topic_view?b_start:int=45&-C= (2015-06-03)
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  • Center for Community Capital director Roberto Quercia briefs FDIC on sustainable approaches to homeownership among low-income families — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    of sustainable lending approaches and results at the FDIC s Restoring Responsible Low and Moderate Income Mortgage Lending Forum Our research clearly shows that you can create a sustainable mortgage lending for low and moderate income families by offering good products appropriate underwriting and servicing practices and a secondary market that is supportive of this lending Dr Quercia said For instance research shows that the traditional 30 year fixed rate mortgage works best for low and moderate income borrowers because it offers predictable payments and a longer time for repayment Subprime loans and even prime adjustable rate mortgages by contrast lead to much higher rates of default because of their unpredictable features such as variable interest rates and higher costs such as repayment penalties Servicing also makes a significant difference in default rates Quercia said Odds that a late paying borrower will catch up on payments can vary as much as 60 percent depending on who is servicing the mortgage Early intervention and default management practices are important components to ensure repayment Supportive secondary market functions also enhance the sustainability of this type of lending Dr Quercia said These functions include the promotion of equal access to capital pooling of risks enhancing transparency and standardization and ensuring the availability of a portfolio capacity that allows secondary market institutions to keep the loans purchased in house when needed Dr Quercia s findings come in part from the center s long term study of homeowners in a 4 billion Self Help Fannie Mae Ford Foundation affordable loan program the Community Advantage Program The solid repayment history of borrowers in that program even during the financial crisis provides critical insight into the results that are possible when homeownership is done right Quercia said Expanding homeownership has always been important because it is a

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/quercia-fdic (2015-06-03)
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  • News — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    Bus Trip Recently DCRP students piled into a bus and headed out of town to explore some nearby communities Our purpose was to learn how nearby communities and professionals approach the issues of diversity in planning The bus trip lasted the whole day and consisted of the stops in Historic Stagville the City of Oxford and Soul City CTP Alumni Career Panel The Carolina Transportation Program recently hosted an Alumni Career Panel to discuss the best ways to find a job after graduation DCRP hosts the Divided Cities and Regions Symposium Negotiating Conflict Between People Business and Government Tax for Transit will pay dividends Opinion William Rohe On Tuesday 11 8 11 Durham County voters will be the first in the Triangle to vote on a referendum to increase the local sales and use tax by one half percent to support public transit Voters in Orange and Wake counties are expected to follow suit next year If these referendums pass they will help finance the expansion of public transit including development of a passenger rail system linking Raleigh Cary Durham and Chapel Hill Do we need a passenger rail system in the Triangle Careful study suggests the answer is unequivocally

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  • News — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    the Week Tomasulo s signs help Raleigh folks walk RALEIGH The terms guerrilla and wayfinding make an unlikely pair One brings to mind shady tactics employed under cover of darkness while the other conjures the innocuous signs that guide sunny strolls through historic towns DCRP Event Regaining Relevancy There is an emerging sense especially among young practitioners and scholars that the planning field has lost its agency to incite positive change in our cities and regions Some argue that rather than formulators and implementers of forward thinking plans the profession has been reduced to administering code and facilitating process Others contend that the field s redefined role gives it new legitimacy to tackle to pressing challenges of the 21st century Design Revival 24 Small Towns Big Ideas Design Revival 24 is rooted in the conviction that helping communities in need is a core calling of design professionals everywhere Latino Contributions Researching Latino Contributions to North Carolina How to get America to walk US cities have long catered to a population that prefers to drive How do you remake a city into a pedestrian dream Previous 5 items Next 5 items 1 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 35 Document

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  • News — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    2020 Planning for Sustainability The community and the town council have asked for a new Comprehensive Plan to reexamine the vision for Chapel Hill and to plan together for the community s future The new planning and visioning document will create a framework for the community to guide the Town Council in managing Chapel Hill s future over the next 10 years State faces affordable housing gap The programs that are out there produce great housing said Chris Estes MRP 02 with the North Carolina Housing Coalition We have a great delivery system of for profit and non profit developers who build it just not enough funding to keep up with the need A home for all seasons Webb design stands test of time Designed in 1950 by DCRP Professor and architect James Murray Jim Webb and completed in 1952 for Kenneth Brinkhous a noted scientist at UNC s Medical School Jim Webb the first faculty member hired by DCRP founder John A Parker was a designer practitioner and contributor to the original plan for the Research Triangle Park Turn Foreclosure Frustration into Policy Action Opinion Roberto Quercia Occupy Your Home advocates across the country have good reason to demonstrate

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  • Roberto Quercia briefs FDIC — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    sustainable mortgage lending for low and moderate income families by offering good products appropriate underwriting and servicing practices and a secondary market that is supportive of this lending Dr Quercia said For instance research shows that the traditional 30 year fixed rate mortgage works best for low and moderate income borrowers because it offers predictable payments and a longer time for repayment Subprime loans and even prime adjustable rate mortgages by contrast lead to much higher rates of default because of their unpredictable features such as variable interest rates and higher costs such as repayment penalties Servicing also makes a significant difference in default rates Dr Quercia said Odds that a late paying borrower will catch up on payments can vary as much as 60 percent depending on who is servicing the mortgage Early intervention and default management practices are important components to ensure repayment Supportive secondary market functions also enhance the sustainability of this type of lending Quercia said These functions include the promotion of equal access to capital pooling of risks enhancing transparency and standardization and ensuring the availability of a portfolio capacity that allows secondary market institutions to keep the loans purchased in house when needed Quercia s findings come in part from the center s long term study of homeowners in a 4 billion Self Help Fannie Mae Ford Foundation affordable loan program the Community Advantage Program The solid repayment history of borrowers in that program even during the financial crisis provides critical insight into the results that are possible when homeownership is done right Quercia said Expanding homeownership has always been important because it is a key pathway for low income Americans to enter the middle class and strengthen the communities in which they live he said It is even more important now in the

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