The Faculty Voice

The Faculty Voice is a new feature from the urban planning faculty at the USC Price School which addresses topics critical to the field of planning at this moment in history. We seek to spur a dialogue among the professoriate and engage in considering the future of planning practice, education, and scholarship.


Locally Motivated; Globally Informed

By Professor Eric J. Heikkila

In our latest Faculty Voice, Professor Eric Heikkila writes, “Urban planning is ultimately about place-making, and that in turn is about people. Different people; different places. For urban planners to be effective in such settings, we must be able to bridge these fascinating and endlessly diverse perspectives.” Read more about how USC Price helps students to develop this essential skill through our International Labs »


Commitment to Improving Communities

By the Associated Students of Planning and Development (Yurida Ramos, Sabrina Church, Olivia Joncich, Anna Evans-Goldstein, Gwen Von Klan, Amanda Negi, and Oscar Monge)

Our latest Faculty Voice is guest written by Price’s Associated Students of Planning and Development (ASPD), who discuss their efforts to improve our communities. Read more about their college-readiness programs with local schools and bicycle partnership in South L.A »



Subsidized Housing and Access to Opportunity

By Vincent Reina, Ph.D. ’16

Our latest Faculty Voice focuses on affordable housing and access to opportunity, written by Vincent Reina, 2016 Price PhD alum, who’s now assistant professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. Read more about what happens when Section 8 units are removed from the subsidy program, the implications for renters, and whether and how vouchers can act as a safety net »



Future Directions in Data and Knowledge in Urban Planning

By Associate Professor Annette Kim

With the results of the November presidential election, many questions have been raised for urban planning. In this Faculty Voice, Associate Professor Annette Kim, director of the Spatial Analysis Lab (SLAB), focuses on future directions in data and knowledge in planning. She writes, “We will have to bring even more creativity and passion to our intellectual project and practice, and we will have to find ways to live together, all of us.” Read more about how her work on humanistic visual narratives and spatial analysis can help point the way forward »



Bohemian Rhapsody: How the Arts Drive Urban Economic Development

By Professor Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

In this issue of the Faculty Voice, Professor Elizabeth Currid-Halkett explains how the arts drive urban economic development — discussing topics from the “Soho Effect” to data visualization. “Whether in San Francisco or St. Louis, the retrofitting of loft space to imply artistic capital is employed in redevelopment schemes, no matter if a painter or sculptor is actually residing in these buildings – the mere implication of creative space is attractive to urban professionals and upwardly mobile younger generations,” Currid-Halkett writes. Read more »



Solving Metropolitan Transportation Problems

By Professor Genevieve Giuliano

In this Faculty Voice, Professor and METRANS Director Genevieve Giuliano explores solutions to urban transportation problems. She writes that the L.A. region is a major “center for international trade” but is also “home to both extreme wealth and extreme poverty, and has one of the largest transit-dependent populations in the country.” Read more about how USC Price is researching critical transportation topics such as urban freight, environmental justice, big data, and social media’s portrayal of public transit »



On the Road to a Healthier City

By Professor David Sloane

Professor David Sloane, Faculty Voice, calls creating a healthy place “one of the fundamental tenets of urban planning.” He writes that “planners have joined with public health professionals, community advocates and activists to shift the very nature of the city through radical reforms in transportation, land use regulation, health care access, quality of life programming and policies, environmental regulations, and other arenas.” Read more about the links between planning and health, and the issues USC Price faculty are researching at this intersection »



New Directions in Justice and Community Engagement

By Associate Professor Lisa Schweitzer

In the Faculty Voice, Associate Professor Lisa Schweitzer focuses on new directions in justice and community engagement. “Whether a family can have a luxurious home is something that land and housing markets can sort. But whether a child breathes healthy air should not be a function of what a family can afford or where they live,” Dr. Schweitzer writes. Read more about Price’s research and activities to advance justice »


Dowell Myers delivers a keynote address in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of Bipartisan Policy Center)

Faculty and Students Push Housing Solutions Forward

By Professor Dowell Myers

“Planners make the future more than just predict it,” writes Professor Dowell Myers in the Faculty Voice. Read more about our efforts to address the housing crisis from multiple lenses, studying the links between markets, demographics, planning, and affordability »



Diversity and Social Justice

By Professor Marlon Boarnet

In the first Faculty Voice feature, Professor Marlon Boarnet shares, “There is perhaps no greater issue for the future of planning than ensuring diverse and traditionally underrepresented voices are fully present in our field.” Read more about our strategies to expand diversity, social justice, and inclusion »