Food Insecurity and COVID-19
Expansion and Permanent Funding of the Highly Effective SNAP Program Will Help Low-Income Families and Provide Immediate Economic Stimulus by Katie Bonnett and Rhys Richmond What is SNAP and How Does it Work Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides direct, targeted financial support to improve access to nutritional food for Read more…
September 2020 Bookclub Pick!
Six months in the COVID-19 pandemic, we thought it would be good to see how past pandemics have shaped our lives … and continue to do so. Steven Johnson’s The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic—and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World looks at Read more…
August 2020 Bookclub Pick
One of the first things you learn in Deirdre Mask’s The Address Book is that “most households in the world don’t have street addresses.”
July 2020 Bookclub Pick
The July 2020 Bookclub pick is N.K. Jemisons The City We Became.
From the Black Death to AIDS, pandemics have shaped human history. Coronavirus will too
Marlon Boarnet was quoted in the Los Angeles Times about how pandemics have shaped cities.
USC Price alumna Brettany Shannon follows her authentic path
By Cristy Lytal
According to Brettany Shannon, media arts and digital communications are playing increasingly important roles in community development. And as the first Scholar-in-Residence at the Bedrosian Center at the USC Price School of Public Policy, she’s exploring this topic through a variety of media ranging from an edited book to an Instagram database to a podcast.
The Real Fake
Using the case of Thames Town, an English-like village in Shanghai, Maria Francesca Piazzoni’s The Real Fake looks at Chinese ideas of spacial construction and what authenticity means in (re)making spaces.
Baldwin County turns toward planning amid heated development disputes
Alabamaquoted Marlon Boarnetof the USC Price School in a story on urban planning. In Baldwin County, the desire for more planning exercises is not unlike what’s occurring in other high-growth areas in the U.S., according to Marlon Boarnet, chairman of the Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis at the University of Read more…
Planning for AuthentiCITIES
What is authenticity in a community? What is an authentic community? In a world which never stops changing, growing, evolving … how can planners take up the challenge of authenticity? Host Lisa Schweitzer talks with editors Brettany Shannon and Laura Tateof the new book Planning for AuthentiCITIESabout the challenge and how Read more…
This is How it Ends
Eva Dolan’s This is How it Endsis a thriller set in an anti-gentrification activist community in the middle of a rapidly gentrifying London. Dolan tackles the huge issue of gentrification through the story of two women engaged in the anti-gentrification movement. How do we define ourselves in places? How do Read more…
The End: Death, Cemeteries, and Remembering
by Anthony Orlando Though we are sad to bid farewell to “Our American Discourse,” we welcome the opportunity to talk about farewells—indeed, the hardest farewells of all: those that happen after death. How do we say goodbye to the past? And what does our farewell mean for the lives gone before Read more…
It’s Not Just Where You’re Going, It’s Also How You Get There
by Anthony Orlando If the old saying is true that “life is a journey, not a destination,” then it stands to reason that the way we travel matters a great deal. In fact, that’s what the latest evidence has shown: Transportation choices and systems play a crucial role in our economy Read more…
“The question of access is about audience and participation, and being able to deliver.”
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USC Price student-led forum focuses on issues of identity, resistance
“In order for us to be inclusive, we need to really highlight that representation matters and include as many people, organizations, thought processes and concerns that people may have,” said Malaika Merid, a second-year Master of Public Policy Student at USC Price who was one of the event organizers. “This is a gathering space of real diverse thought, and I think that the best way for us to move forward with that is to keep creating ways to find more diversity of thought to be included within the forum.”
How Do the Rich Spend Their Money and Why Has It Changed?
Is conspicuous consumption a thing of the past? What are today’s wealthy spending their money on? In today’s episode of Our American Discourse, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett helps us walk a mile in the shoes of the spending habits of today’s “aspirational class.”
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Is the cemetery dead? Sloane examines new trends in ‘planning for death’
Inspired by his forthcoming book Is the Cemetery Dead?, Sloane was the featured speaker for the March 12 USC Price Conversation in New York, addressing Price alumni and current students, as well as SEO Scholars from local high schools. He gave a poignant, personal talk that encompassed changing American attitudes about cremation to how to support friends who are grieving.
Location, Location, Location! Mobility and Opportunity in East King County
By Emily Lieb What’s in a neighborhood? Scholars (and realtors) agree: Where a person lives determines how much access to opportunity she has. Good schools, safe streets, high-quality housing that appreciates in value, accessible jobs and services, clean air and water—all of these things make it possible for people to Read more…
How do we know what works?
by Lisa K. Bates When thinking about assessing the impact of Humboldt Gardens’ GOALS program, which is the project‘s version of HUD‘s Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS), it is useful to know the program‘s context. The concept of FSS is straightforward — parents participate in programming designed to promote employment and Read more…
The Power of One: Why do single women tend to fare better in FSS programs than their married counterparts?
By Alexandra Metz In San Diego, the Access to Opportunity project is engaged in a comparative analysis of three programs that are part of the Achievement Academy at the San Diego Housing Commission. As part of the Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program, the Achievement Academy offers workshops and counseling, as Read more…