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From Mobility to Accessibility: Transforming Urban Transportation and Land-Use Planning
From Mobility to Accessibility flips the tables on the standard models for evaluating regional transportation performance, arguing for an “accessibility shift” whereby transportation planning, and the transportation dimensions of land-use planning, would be based on people’s ability to reach destinations, rather than on their ability to travel fast. Existing models for planning and evaluating transportation, which have taken vehicle speeds as the most important measure, would make sense if movement were the purpose of transportation. But it is the ability to reach destinations, not movement per se, that people seek from their transportation systems. While the concept of accessibility has been around for the better part of a century, From Mobility to Accessibility shows that the accessibility shift is compelled by the fundamental purpose of transportation. The book argues that the shift would be transformative to the practice of both transportation and land-use planning but is impeded by many conceptual obstacles regarding the nature of accessibility and its potential for guiding development of the built environment. Jonathan Levine is a professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He teaches in the areas of transportation, land use, economics of planning, and research design. His research centers on the potential and rationales for policy reform in transportation and land use. His most recent book is From Mobility to Accessibility: Transforming Urban Transportation and Land-Use Planning (Cornell University Press, 2019). He is also the author of Zoned Out: Regulation, Markets, and Choices in Transportation and Metropolitan Land Use (Resources for the Future, 2006), which argued for transportation and land-use policy reform on the basis of expansion of households’ effective range of choices rather than proven modification of travel behavior.
Event Type : Afternoons with OLLI      
Date(s) : 09/22/2020
Day of Week : Tuesday
Time : 3:30-5:00PM
Location : Online
Fee : $5.00
Event Status : COMPLETED