Social Media in Placemaking and Tastemaking at Platform, LA

Erin Mavian on LA#itself Well, hello and goodbye, LA#itself listeners. Today is our final episode of this fall’s limited series podcast during which we’ve delved into how our digital culture is, as it implies, a cultural shift, one bearing daily ramifications on how we construct – literally and metaphorically – our cities. Quite serendipitously, we…

Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley and Coding Serendipity into our Lives

Los Angeles Hashtags Itself is back!

This time, we leave Los Angeles and head to New York, where we talk with Dennis Crowley, the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Foursquare.

Can LA Lead in Transportation Innovation? A Conversation with Ashley Hand

Love to hate LA traffic?

Listen to recent Transportation Technology Strategist Fellow Ashley Hand @azhandkc to learn about her Urban Mobility in a Digital Age report, and the city’s tech- and not tech-based future.

LA2050 and Crowdsourcing Philanthropy for LA’s Future

Ever crowdsourced something for yourself? Imagine doing that for a whole city. Listen to the most recent episode of LA#Itself to learn about LA2050, the Goldhirsh Foundation’s ambitious philanthropic “initiative driving and tracking progress toward a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles.”

How Public Transit Agencies Deal with All Your Angry, Mean, and Terrible Tweets

Citylab, from The Atlantic, took a look at a recent study by Bedrosian Faculty Affiliate Lisa Schweitzer. Her article, “Planning and Social Media: A Case Study of Public Transit and Stigma on Twitter,” published in the Journal of the American Planning Association won the journals best paper award for 2014. You’re “slowly sucking our souls…

Lisa Schweitzer : New article in Journal of the American Planning Association

Lisa Schweitzer. Planning and Social Media: A Case Study of Public Transit and Stigma on Twitter. Journal of the American Planning Association: Vol. 80, No. 3, 2014, pp. 218-238. Abstract Problem, research strategy, and findings: How media portray public transit services can affect the way voters and stakeholders think about future transit investments. In this study, I…

Tweeting a Successful Campaign

In the 2008 presidential campaign, the much more prominent use of social media by Barack Obama’s campaign served to highlight his relevance and forward-looking perspective. But by 2012, the social-media gap had narrowed sharply, with Twitter and other social media becoming a contentious political battlefield for candidates from both parties. However, a new paper argues…