The Ethics of Governing

PhD candidate Anthony Orlando discusses the “Ethics of Democracy” in the latest episode of Our American Discourse.

Democracy is a dialogue. It requires our leaders to ask, to listen, and to react. Good governance thus hinges on conversation and consent—and whether we like it or not, conflict. Planners and policymakers have to balance competing needs, never more so than in today’s polarized environment. How do they do the right thing? Does such a thing even exist? Citizenship demands that we engage with these uncomfortable questions, especially in this troubled era.

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American Gods

The novel is a fascinating exploration of the meaning of ethnicity, modernism, memory, and community in which we are reminded of the many ethnicities that make up America, but also their amalgamation into a secular American society with few gods. As multiple characters remind us, America is a hard place to be a god. This is a quintessential American novel from a quintessential British storyteller – it’s a sprawling road trip into the vast highways and byways of the American landscape, it’s a horror novel, a mystery, a romance, a western, a fantasy, and ultimately a look into the heart of America.

This podcast features Caroline Bhalla, Raphael Bostic, Lisa Schweitzer, and David Sloane

Schweitzer quoted in LA Times on Measure M and proposed Metro projects

Bedrosian Faculty Affiliate, Lisa Schweitzer discussed Measure M, on the Los Angeles ballot for November 2016, and Metro’s proposed projects with the LA Times. But to meet that ambitious shift toward transit, Southern California would have to add more apartments and offices along major arteries and near transit, making it easier for people to move…

Schweitzer wins ACSP award for helping advance women in planning field

In honor of her outstanding efforts to advance women in the field of planning, USC Price School of Public Policy Associate Professor Lisa Schweitzer has been unanimously selected as the recipient of the 2016 Margarita McCoy Award by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) and its Faculty Women’s Interest Group. The award recognizes…

CityLab: To Ease Traffic, L.A. Needs Much More Than Trains

Transit, zoning, traffic density are the most important issues facing Southern California commuters. Lisa Schweitzer shares her insights with CityLab. “If it’s now possible for me to get from Pasadena to Westwood on transit, I’m all for that,” Lisa Schweitzer, a scholar of transportation and urban planning at the University of Southern California, tells CityLab.…

Richard II

Featuring Raphael Bostic, Carla Della Gatta, Lisa Schweitzer, and Donnajean Ward Richard II, the first of four Shakespeare plays known as the “Henriad,” is the tale of strife between Richard II, the rightful but terrible king, and his cousin Henry Bolingbroke. Followed by Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, and Henry V, Shakespeare explores the question of political…

Schweitzer’s new review of Majoritarian Cities by Neil Kraus

Lisa Schweitzer, Associate Professor and Bedrosian Center faculty affiliate, reviewed the book Majoritarian Cities: Policy Making and Inequality in Urban Politics by Neil Kraus in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Planning Association. “What drives local policy decisions? In Majoritarian Cities: Policy Making and Inequality in Urban Politics, political scientist Neil Kraus…

A Los Angeles Plan to Reshape the Streetscape Sets Off Fears of Gridlock

Lisa Schweitzer, Associate Professor and Bedrosian Center faculty affiliate, spoke with The New York Times about the new Los Angeles’ new transportation plan: Mobility Plan 2035. Some of the initial reactions have been that increasing balance for all modes of transportation will create more gridlock. Schweitzer said, ““Even if more people don’t commute by bike or on…