Quarterly Report on Business Relocations in Southern California

Business recruitment has long been one of the most popular strategies for state and local economic development in the US, but little is understood about the precise physical location of business moves, such as the surrounding neighborhoods and how far away a firm relocates.  This Report takes a spatially precise approach toward analyzing business relocations in the seven-county Southern California region from 1997-2014. We analyze moves within cities and across city boundaries, as well as the characteristics of the neighborhoods which businesses leave – and move to.

Download the full report here (.pdf).  Register for the webinar covering this report on 8/15/2017 here.

Quarterly Report on Relationships Between Housing, Business, and Open Space

This research explores the notion of urban accessibility, defined as the spatial separation between dwelling units and 32 types of destinations including shopping, open space, and public services. Using data on the roughly five million residential land parcels in Southern California, we use network analyses and multilevel regression modeling to determine what it is about homes that make them more or less accessible to a wide variety of destination types. In most places across the region, older homes, smaller homes, and multifamily residences have a positive relationship to accessibility; however this varies widely across counties and cities.

MFI, School of Social Ecology co-hosts Sustainability Forum with American Institute of Architects and US Green Building Council

Shaping a Sustainable Built Environment in Orange County
A dialogue for all of us: the social, economic, and ecological impacts of smart growth, for a sustainable future
April 12, 2017 at University of California – Irvine

Quarterly Report on Jobs-Housing Balance in Egohoods in Southern California

WebMapHousingEgoA challenge for any region is matching the location of where residents live and where jobs are located.  On the one hand, residents typically prefer not to be too close to industrial or commercial sites. On the other hand, residents typically do not want to be too far from jobs, as this implies longer commute times.  And longer commutes overall aggregate to an overtaxing of the transportation system.  Thus, the “balance” between the location of jobs and housing is of considerable interest to policy makers and scholars. In this Report, we study the relationship between the location of jobs and the residential location of potential workers.  We distinguish between two related concepts.  First, jobs-housing ratios capture locations that are particularly job-rich versus locations that are job deserts.  Second, jobs-housing imbalance captures locations that have a big difference between the number of jobs and workers.

Explore this report using our web mapping application.

Or, you can download the full report here.

“Los Angeles employment concentration in the 21st century” published in Urban Studies

fig3A component of the MFI research team’s work on employment concentration in Southern California has recently been published in the journal Urban Studies.  Authors Kevin Kane, John Hipp, and Jae Hong Kim use high-resolution data and spatial statistical techniques to illustrate that numerous changes lie beneath the surface of employment center evolution in Los Angeles from 1997-2014.  A web mapping application and video describe this broader research project, and can be found here: http://mfi.soceco.uci.edu/category/quarterly-report/detecting-job-density-over-time/.

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.

Quarterly Report on Neighborhood Mixing and Economic Dynamism

We typically think of neighborhoods as fairly homogeneous areas within cities.  Nonetheless, some neighborhoods are highly mixed and others are not based on things like income, racial composition, age, land use, and the type of housing they contain.  We analyze mixing across these dimensions in Southern California, then ask what are the consequences of mixing for economic dynamism in neighborhoods.  Explore this report using our web mapping application, or download the full report here.

 

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.

Quarterly Report on Detecting Job Density Over Time

This report examines how employment subcenters have been evolving since the 1990s in terms of their changing composition and spatial locations. Find out more about the research through the video, report, and apps.