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4865Lecture by Matt Holian: "Center City Economic and Cultural Vibrancy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions" (SJSU, 2/16)

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  • Asha Weinstein Agrawal
    Feb 13, 2012
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      Speaker: Dr. Matt Holian
      Title: Center City Economic and Cultural Vibrancy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
      Thursday, February 16, 2012, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. in Clark Hall Room
      243, San Jose State University

      Urban planners and scholars have focused a great deal of attention on
      understanding the relationship between the built environment and
      transportation behavior. However, other
      aspects of the urban environment—including the vibrancy and quality of
      life in urban areas—have received little attention. This report seeks
      to close this gap by analyzing the effects of both land-use and urban
      vibrancy on transportation patterns. Analysis of data from a variety
      of sources suggests that in addition to the built-environment, the
      vibrancy of the urban environment also affects transportation
      behavior. Moreover, vibrancy affects land-use patterns.

      By integrating objective measures of center-city quality of life into
      transportation choice models, our new statistical results inform
      public policy. We discuss specific public policy options for reducing
      greenhouse gas emissions and increasing public transit use.