Launch of the NCE Cities Sprawl Subsidy Report by LSE Cities

26 March 2015

The paper, ‘Analysis of Public Policies That Unintentionally Encourage and Subsidize Urban Sprawl’, is the last of the studies by LSE Cities for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.

The report is written by Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, and investigates evidence that current development policies result in economically excessive sprawl. It defines sprawl and its alternative, “smart growth,” describes various costs and benefits of sprawl, and estimates their magnitude.

Here is a selection of the media coverage generated by the launch of the report:
Wall Street Journal – The cost of sprawl: More than $1 trillion per year, new report says, Laura Kusisto
Washington Post – The steep costs of living so far apart from each other, Emily Badger
Houston Chronicle – Report: sprawl damaging to health and the economy, Nancy Sarnoff
Inter Press Service – In thrall to the mall crawl and urban sprawl, Kitty Stapp
ClimateWire – Urban sprawl costs US billions annually — report, Manon Verchot
City Lab – How much Sprawl costs America, Tanvi Misra

The paper, ‘Analysis of Public Policies that Unintentionally Encourage and Subsidize Urban Sprawl’, is available to download here.

Suzi Hall presented research project ‘Ordinary Streets’ to Harris Academy students

18 March 2015

LSE Cities Suzi Hall gave students from Harris Academies an insight into the work of social scientists at a workshop focussing on the economic and cultural life of Rye Lane, Peckham, on Wednesday 18th March.

Dr Suzanne Hall used Rye Lane as a lens to explore issues of social change, including migration and urbanisation, with a group of 15-20 Year 12 students from Harris Girls’ and Harris Boys’ Academies (East Dulwich) and Harris Academy Peckham.

For more information on the Ordinary Street project click here.

LSE Cities Mona Sloane presented at New London Architecture event

23 February 2015

Mona Sloane presented at an event on Public Interest Design, which took place on Tuesday 24 February from 6.30-8pm and was organised by New London Architecture.

This NLA event powered by pechakucha sought to highlight key projects and it’s London based practitioners to illustrate the impact of these interventions – what are the successes of this movement as a new approach to poverty alleviation and sustainable development?

For more information about the event click here.