In cemeteries, densifying the dead
KCRW-FM interviewed David Sloane of the USC Price School about the growing density of city cemeteries and the rise in cremations. It turns out actual cemeteries have gone through many design and planning changes in tandem with changes in our culture. They’re also becoming taller and denser, much like cities themselves. That’s according Read more…
Dream Cities: Seven Urban Ideas That Shape the World
Wade Graham’s latest book Dream Cities: Seven Urban Ideas That Shape the World< is ostensibly about the architects the seven big ideas that have shaped contemporary cities across the world. Our discussion centers on whether Graham has fulfilled that mission or whether he's trapped in the confines of an under 350 page book for this massive introduction to urban planning and city history. The answer may lie in the reader rather than the book, listen to the conversation for a lively jaunt through recent architectural history.
Citizen: An American Lyric
This month’s book is both poetry and criticism, Citizen: An American Lyric. Rankine’s piece is a revolution. A political, a poetic, complex revolution in 169 pages. We look at it through an unusual lens – what should we take away from works of art as we think about governance in America?
Promoting Health in Underserved Communities
As part of the REACH Demonstration Project evaluation, researchers at USC Price worked with high school-aged student focus groups to assess the barriers and facilitators to healthy food, active living resources, and health care services in an underserved urban community. Findings from this student focus group study indicate the importance Read more…
Sloane, colleagues win planning journal’s most innovative paper award
USC Price School of Public Policy Professor David Sloane and Price PhD alumni Ellen Shiau and Bryce Lowery won an award for co-authoring the most innovative paper to appear in the academic journal Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design for 2014. Titled “The Prospects and Problems of Integrating Sketch Read more…
Recognize that Race is Implicit to our Society
by Justine Dodgen Last week, we introduced the topic of how there is frequent evidence of racial bias in how violence is portrayed in the media. We said that we would be asking faculty members to respond with their ideas for how we, as consumers of news or members of the Read more…
The New Jim Crow
The US has used the War on drugs to create a racial caste system: a successor to the Jim Crow days we thought we left behind. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander is one of the most important American books in the last decade. Alexander systematically explores the policy changes from the days of Nixon through the present – exploring how each decision has created and allowed a system which criminalizes blackness, brownness, otherness in way that both creates new racial biases and confirms them by incarcerating millions of young black and brown men (and to a lesser extent, black and brown women).
Alabama places 41st in state safety rankings
Wes Mayberry of The Daily Sentinel spoke to our Faculty Affiliate, David Sloane about the importance of the relationship between police and the community. “While we think the right policy is spending more money on police technology, research suggests that almost all neighborhoods are safer when the people who live Read more…
On Such a Full Sea
On Such a Full Sea follows Fan, a young woman from one of the labor communities, as she leaves her home in search of her love. In a corporatized future world – where the wealthy fly in helicopters, workers try to compete with robots, and the really poor live in favelas – what becomes of social mobility and the notions of resilience and hope and equality?
A Neighborhood That Never Changes
In this edition of the Bedrosian Book Club Podcast, we’re looking at a book on gentrification called A Neighborhood That Never Changes, by Japonica Brown-Saracino.
The White Album
Published in 1979, The White Album by Joan Didion reflects a time of change here in California and America as a whole.
Beyond the University
In this edition of the Bedrosian Book Club Podcast, we discuss Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters, by Michael S. Roth. The book has been getting a lot of media attention in the higher ed circles, and we think it’s a decidedly important topic, one that impacts governance dramatically. Roth takes an historic look at thought on education in America.
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In this edition of the Bedrosian Book Club Podcast, the faculty discuss California lieutenant Governor, Gavin Newsom’s book Citizenville.
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Sloane in Seoul
Professor David Sloane recently took a whirlwind tour of Seoul, giving several presentations, seminars, and meeting with alumni and new USC Price students along the way. June 18th Lecture: Planning Los Angeles at Chungnam National University, Daejeon, Korea Tour: New administrative city of Korea, Sejong City Host: Professor Byeongsoo Kang June Read more…
Computer Insecurity, Saying “No” to Tests & Bush the Painter
David Sloane answers the question “Is Los Angeles ready to host a big outdoor music festival? And if not, why not?” with Medeleine Brand on KCRW’s Press Play. Take a listen below or check out the show page here.
The Prevalence of Harmful Content on Outdoor Advertising in Los Angeles
Bryce C. Lowery and David C. Sloane. The Prevalence of Harmful Content on Outdoor Advertising in Los Angeles: Land Use, Community Characteristics, and the Spatial Inequality of a Public Health Nuisance. American Journal of Public Health: April 2014, Vol. 104, No. 4, pp. 658-664. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301694 Abstract: Objectives. Our study Read more…