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Exploring Policy Alternatives for Reducing Single-Occupancy Vehicle Use Among Denver International Airport Employees

Student Researchers:

Robin Adams, Mykayla Marek, Jessica Allen, Aislinn Droski, Garrett Fardon, Lucas Fox, Ethan Greene, Hogan Henz, Allie McGahee, Lucy O’Sullivan, John Piccirillo, Allison Redmon, Destiny Robertson, Jason Schaefer, Halden Schnal, Olivia Simard, Blake Wedekind Editors: Robin Adams, Mykayla Marek
Is ADA Effective - An Assessment Based on Everyday Travel Experiences and Transportation Infrastructure Challenges

Is ADA Effective? A Travel and Transportation Assessment

Principal Researchers:

Wagner, M., Shirgaokar, M., Marshall, W.
Many argue that the transportation experiences of persons with disabilities (PWDs) have improved dramatically since the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. Though much progress has been made, many aspects of the current transportation system still limit PWDs from traveling safely and efficiently. Moreover, transportation planning and design efforts consistently lack PWD representation.
How Time Inefficient and Uncertain are Paratransit Trips Compared to Car Trips

Inefficiency and Uncertainty of Paratransit Trips vs. Car Trips

Principal Researchers:

Akcicek, C., Misra, A., Shirgaokar, M., Marshall, W.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) stipulates that paratransit mobility be comparable to public transit. However, with just under 5% of the population relying on public transportation, transit is not a representative benchmark. To highlight this inequality, we compare trip times by paratransit to counterfactual car-based travel. Using 2.5 years of demand data from the Denver Regional Transportation District’s Access-a-Ride service, we compare paratransit trip times to counterfactual car-based trips for the same origin-destination pairs, controlling for various trip characteristics.
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North Progress Redevelopment Opportunity Subarea Plan

Student Researcher: Emma Bangs
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Walkability in the Town of Lyons, CO

Student Researcher: Lilly Bell and Eli Berrier
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Analysis of Detached ADU Regulations in Denver

Student Researcher: Erik Braaten
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Mitigating Displacement: Infrastructure Investment Impacts and Community Capacity

Student Researcher: Evelyn Burr
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Fort Collins Missing Middle Core

Student Researcher: Bryan Conner
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South Broadway Corridor BRT Study

Student Researcher: Laura Culleton and Blake Van Jacobs
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University Boulevard Urban Design Vision Plan

Student Researcher: Eric DeNardo
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Illustrating Vision: The East Mulberry Plan

Student Researcher: Morgan Gardner

Assessing and Optimizing Planning Board's Role in Denver's Land Use Planning and Regulation Decision-making

Student Researcher: Fredrick Glick
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Buena Vista Parks and Trails Master Plan

Student Researcher: Claire Guthrie and Lauren Platman
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Parker Senior Center and RTD Site Subarea Plan

Student Researcher: Mikhail Kaminer
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Barriers to Accessible Housing in Cheyenne, Wyoming

Student Researcher: Matthew Karney
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Eclectic Renewal: Old Town Lafayette Revitalization Plan

Student Researcher: Lauren Kelly and Ana Rae Miller
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Improving Transportation Efficiency and Bus Ridership: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Student Researcher: Danny Klibaner
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Gateway Communities: Affordable Housing Issues & Planning Solutions in Teton Valley

Student Researcher: Sarah Knoebl
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Land Use Planning Best Practices for Renewable Energy Development in Colorado

Student Researcher: Sara Kohles
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Centennial: Trading Spaces Developing Better Places

Student Researcher: Julie Latham
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Green gentrification or ‘just green enough’: Do park location, size and function affect whether a place gentrifies or not?

Principal Researchers:

Jeremy Németh, Ph.D
Alessandro Rigolon

Historic Preservation and Disaster Recovery

Principal Researchers:

Andrew Rumbach and Douglas Appler (University of Kentucky)
Andrew Rumbach and Douglas Appler (Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at the University of Kentucky) have written a new article on the role of the Main Street Program in post-disaster recovery plans and processes.

Modeling the Vulnerability of Mobile Home Parks to Disaster: A Longitudinal Study of Affordable Housing Loss After Hurricane Michael

Principal Researchers:

Andrew Rumbach; Esther Sullivan; Carrie Makarewicz
Andrew Rumbach and Carrie Makarewicz, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, along with Esther Sullivan, Department of Sociology, have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the impact of Hurricane Michael on mobile home parks in northern Florida.

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Retrofitting Strategies for an Historic Theater

Architectural Design for Traditional Neighborhoods

Principal Researchers:

Korkut Onaran, Fernando Pagés Ruiz, Ronnie Pelusio and Tom Lyon
The Vinyl Siding Institute published 300 copies of Professor Korkut Onaran's book in July, which "summarizes the most critical design lessons the authors have learned through many years of practice developing traditional neighborhoods."

Urban disasters beyond the city: Environmental risk in India’s fast-growing towns and villages

Principal Researchers:

Andrew Rumbach

Gretel Follingstad

In March 2019, Urban and Regional Planning Associate Professor Andy Rumbach and Gretel Follingstad (PhD candidate in Design & Planning) published a new article in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. They studied 5 fast-growing towns and villages in the mountains of West Bengal, India with some pretty eye-opening findings.
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