Policy and Practice 2013-2014

The student-run journal of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Welcome to the 2013-2014 edition of Policy and Practice, a student-run academic journal comprised of all disciplines within the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. Policy and Practice publishes effective and inspiring policy reports that address global issues on a multi-disciplinary level.

Created in 2009 by graduate students of the USC Price School, Policy and Practice incorporates the expertise of all programs at the Price School of Public Policy. The goal of the journal is to promote discourse amongst graduate and professional degree students of Public Policy, Public Administration, Real Estate Development, Health Administration, and Planning programs by encouraging students to produce work that inspires dialogue on a broad range of topics.


In This Issue

Urbanization and Development in Niamey, Niger
Authors: Alison Spindler

EAT: Edible Art Tours of the Senses
Author: Christine Dang, Jared Johnson, and Alison Spindler

Should Medi-Cal Invest More in Home and Community-Based Services for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease?
Author: Chelsea Guibord Cox

Which Transportation Model Better Suits the Needs of California: The High Speed-Rail or the Hyperloop? A Cost-Benefit Analysis
Authors: Hovanes Gasparian and Kelley Groves

An Assessment of the Implementation of AB 109 and Prison Realignment in California
Authors: Alexander Becker, Nathan Damoradan, Kelley Groves, Xiangyi Jing, and Kele Song

New Media Tools and Urban Planning: A Case Study of the NoVacancy Prototype
Author: Nick Busalacchi

The Costs of Condemnation: The Economic Impacts of Expanding the Public Use Requirement
Author: Paris Rebeil

Who Sweeps the Sidewalks?
Author: Qianyao Duan

The Performance Management System of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Author: Willie Marquez

The Tide That Took 8 Washington
Author: Owen Serra