Lecture: Joe Kott on “Sustainable Streets, Sustain able Transportation” (Stanford; 3/1)
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From: Joseph Kott <jkott@...>
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 2:23 PM
Subject: Announcement of a Lecture at Stanford this Friday, 29 February
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
FYI, please see the announcement below regarding a talk that I will be
giving on the Stanford campus this Friday, February 29th, Please let
me know should you wish to attend but need directions to the lecture
I hope that note finds each of you doing well.
All the best,
Joseph Kott, PhD, AICP, PTP
Lecturer and Visiting Scholar
Stanford Program on Urban Studies
Please join us for the Sustainable Transportation Seminar Friday, 2:30
– 3:30 pm, in Y2E2 room 105.
Joseph Kott will be presenting “Sustainable Streets, Sustainable Transportation”
Abstract: Since automobile use became widespread in North America,
Europe, and Australia during the first two decades of the 20th
century, cities and their streets have been re-shaped to adapt to the
motor vehicle surge. Efforts are now underway to re-define the purpose
of arterial streets and to re-design these important thoroughfares
accordingly. This movement has taken a variety of names, including
“Livable Streets”, “Context Sensitive Streets” and “Complete Streets”.
Such streets are multimodal transport links as well as places for
socio-economic life and active living. This talk presents partial
findings, mainly those pertaining to pedestrian activity, from
research on assessing just how “active” and “sustainable” are a set of
arterial streets in five San Francisco Bay Area cities. Six streets,
two re-designed as more “livable” or more “context sensitive” streets,
and four more conventional arterial streets, are compared across a set
of objective performance metrics and subjective assessments from
street users and businesses. The analysis was grounded in a mixed
methods approach. Streets were evaluated on an array of quantitative
measures, as well as the results of six street user focus groups and
surveys of 716 street users and local businesses. An important outcome
of the research is a framework or model for influences on and supports
for street activity and sustainability. Thesis findings affirm the
importance to communities of multi-purpose street environments.
Thesis results show that arterial streets can be re-designed to
engender activity and promote sustainability. This research confirmed
the importance of providing space on arterial streets for pedestrians,
cyclists, and transit users.
Bio: Joseph Kott, PhD, AICP, PTP: Dr. Joseph Kott has over thirty
years of experience in transportation planning at the local, regional,
and state geographic scales for both public agencies and private
consultancies. He served as Chief Transportation Official for the City
of Palo Alto for seven years. Dr. Kott teaches courses in
transportation and the environment and planning for sustainable urban
and regional transportation as an adjunct faculty member within the
San Jose State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning
and the Stanford University Program on Urban Studies, where he also
serves as Visiting Scholar.
Dr. Kott holds a B.A. from Wayne State University in Detroit, a
master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, master’s degrees in both transport
planning and traffic engineering from Monash University in Melbourne,
Australia, and a PhD in urban and regional transport planning from
Curtin University in Perth, Australia, where he was affiliated with
the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute lead by
Professor Peter Newman. Dr. Kott is a Michigan native, from a family
with four generations of service within the automobile industry in
Detroit and its environs.
Mar 8 – Yinhai Wang, PacTrans, University of Washington, “DRIVE Net:
An E-Science Transportation Platform for Big Data, Big Discovery, and
Mar 15 – Michael Zhang, UC Davis, “Managing traffic with VGrid: A
Vehicular ad hoc Grid computing platform”
Hope to see you there!
Diana Ginnebaugh, PhD (CEE)
Precourt Energy Efficiency Center
- The annual planners tailgate party and baseball game is coming up soon! It will be on Saturday, August 3rd. The tailgate party will start at 10:30am with game time at 1:05pm. Join us for a fun and relaxing outing. Invite your family and friends to this event. Around 50 people have participated each year. This is a great networking opportunity!
During the tailgate party, we'll have barbeque chicken on the grill plus all the fixings. There will be a wide selection of vegetarian options as well. Then we'll watch the Oakland A's play the Texas Rangers and battle for first place. Don't worry if you're not a big baseball fan (or even a fan of one of the teams playing), you'll enjoy hanging out with fellow planners.
Our tailgate party will be in Parking Lot "D". Enter the parking lot from 66th Avenue. [http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/oak/ballpark/parking.jsp%5d The specific location will be announced later. The parking fee for each vehicle is $17. Another option to get there is to take BART to the Coliseum/Oakland Airport station and walk to the tailgate party.
Ticket to the baseball game along with food/drinks will be $25 per person. We will purchase the baseball game tickets (otherwise, the cost for ticket to the game is $32 for our section). We'll provide the main food and drinks, but please bring a side dish or additional drinks. If you're driving, please bring a few extra folding chairs so that we can use them during the tailgate party.
IMPORTANT RSVP DETAILS
(1) If you are planning to attend, please respond back via email to hingw@... by July 26, 2013.
(2) Tell us how many tickets you will need (if more than one) as well as the names in your RSVP so that we can have an accurate count of tickets.
(3) Send a check for the appropriate amount ($25 per person) to: Hing Wong, P.O. Box 2050, Oakland, CA 94604-2050 by July 26th.
This event has been posted to Evite and Facebook as well as some emails, so please pardon the duplication. We hope to see you there!
Saturday | August 3, 2013 | Oakland Coliseum
10:30am | Tailgate Party
1:05pm | Baseball Game
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- Effective Community Engagement
Bay Area Planning Directors Association Meeting
(This meeting is open to all planners)
November 1, 2013 | 8:30am to 1:30pm
Nile Hall, Preservation Park, 668 13th Street, Oakland
Community engagement is an integral part of our planning work and is a rapidly changing field. This meeting is an opportunity to explore effective community participation techniques using social media and enhancing community workshops to achieve intended outcomes.
A communications expert will identify specific strategic elements for the design and conduct of workshops for success, and a panel of Bay Area planning directors and planners will discuss their experience with social media tools and provide guidance on exploring these approaches.
We will examine how using social media and traditional tools can result in more effective communication during planning processes, including understanding public sentiments, keeping the communication edge in our planning efforts, and making more effective decisions. The meeting is intended to provide ample opportunity for discussion and sharing of other experiences with modern community engagement practices.
Designing and Conducting Successful Community Engagements presentation by Dr. Shawn Spano
Effective Engagement by Planners and City Councils panel with elected officials
Social Media and Online Engagement Tools panel with communication managers
The $45 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch. For additional information, to view the full agenda, and to register, please go to www.abag.ca.gov/abag/events/BAPDA.
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