MFI Presentation to the Southern California Association of Government’s Regional Council Meeting

On Thursday, September 29, 2016 Dr. John Hipp and Dr. Kevin Kane presented cutting-edge research focusing on different dimensions of the Southern California region, and the consequences for neighborhoods in the region to the Southern California Association of Government’s Regional Council Meeting.

The presentation focused on the research findings of the most recent MFI Quarterly Reports:

Watch the MFI Research Team provide further insight on the findings and answer questions.

The Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI) Quarterly Report Webinar

On Tuesday, August 9, 2016 Dr. John Hipp and Dr. Kevin Kane presented cutting-edge research focusing on different dimensions of the Southern California region, and the consequences for neighborhoods in the region.

The webinar focused on the research findings of the most recent MFI Quarterly Reports:

Watch the MFI Research Team provide further insight on the findings and answer questions.

MFI’s John Hipp and Kevin Kane appeared on “The City Square” radio show

City-072016-Show86aThe City Square, the radio show hosted by the Association of California Cities, Orange County interviewed MFI Director Dr. John Hipp and Research Fellow Dr. Kevin Kane to discuss the MFI’s recent research on regional growth and development on July 20, 2016.

Click here to stream or download the podcast.

The City Square is the region’s only radio show tackling policy and politics. The program delivers an entertaining, thought-provoking and hard-hitting look into Orange County’s political and policy world.

Measuring the accessibility of neighborhood businesses amidst evolving residential development patterns

DrKaneMFISpring2016 (4 of 8)Dr. Kevin Kane evaluates the impact of building-level and neighborhood-level characteristics on the accessibility of neighborhood businesses to housing units using Long Beach, California as a case study.  While advocates of smart growth and New Urbanism encourage both mixed-use developments and land use mixing, analysis at the aggregated level can be too coarse to pick up on the fine-grained characteristics of urban streetscapes.

Metropolitan Futures Initiative Second Regional Report

john_and_emile_3x4_100x133The Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI) Second Regional Progress Report presentation was held on June 11, 2014. The audience was welcomed by the School of Social Ecology’s Dean, Valerie Jenness. Professor John Hipp, Director of MFI, revealed data that adds to the findings of the first report on jobs, home values, land use, crime, and the economy.

Metropolitan Futures Initiative First Regional Report

john_hipp_and_mayor_kang_100x133On June 14, 2012 Chancellor Michael V. Drake, M.D. welcomed community members, students and professors to the release and discussion of the Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI) First Regional Report. Professor John Hipp, Director of MFI, presented a summary of the interesting findings on topics such as housing, jobs, transportation, and crime.

Building Resilient Neighborhoods: Policies and Systems for Responding to Foreclosures and Housing Market Stress

DDan Immergluck, Professor Georgia Tech University, School of City and Regional Planning, was the featured speaker on May 4, 2011. This event was part of the Metropolitan Futures Initiative and was co-sponsored by MFI, School of Social Ecology, Community Outreach Partnership Center and the Center for Community Development Studies. Immergluck presented on the polices and systems for responding to foreclosures and the housing market stress.

Water Policy and Environmental Justice in Southern California

dave_feldman_100wOn April 21, 2011,  Dave Feldman, Chair and Professor in the Department of Planning, Policy and Design at UC Irvine, discussed California’s long history of contentious, often divisive water politics. His lecture examined the issues caused by growing population, urbanization, pollution, and climate change and provided some potential solutions.

Keeping Orange County Moving: The Promise and Challenge of Transit Oriented Development

Will_Kempton_3x4On February 10, 2011, community members, students, and professors attended a lecture by Will Kempton, CEO of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). Mr. Kempton spoke about the obstacles that must be overcome in order to employ transit-oriented development in Orange County, which includes building a public will among competing stakeholders.

Toward the Healthy City: People, Place and the Politics of Urban Planning

jason_corburn_1Jason Corburn, Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, was the featured speaker on January 25, 2011, at UC Irvine. Sponsored by the School of Social Ecology’s Metropolitan Futures Initiative, Center for Community Development Studies and the Community Outreach Partnership Center, Professor Corburn presented the argument that city planning must return to its roots in public health and social justice.