The ITE/ITS student chapters are excited to host Dr. Sandra Rosenbloom from the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin on Friday, November 3rd, 2017. The meeting details are provided below, along with an attached flyer for the event.
- Date: Friday, November 3, 2017
- Time:3:00 – 4:00 PM
- Location:ECJ 6th Floor Conference Room (6.406)
- Refreshments will be provided!
Topic: Is Perfect the Enemy of Good? What Older People Consider a Walkable Neighborhood
A perfect neighborhood provides access–the ability to walk for shopping, medical, social, and recreational trips–and busy, active environments with multiple intersections where pedestrians share space with bustling crowds providing social interaction. A perfect neighborhood has tree-lined and leafy venues where children play, cyclists pedal, and there are exciting things to see and do. Many seniors, however, don’t see that as a perfect neighborhood at all; they don’t want to walk for “transportation” but want quiet and well-maintained paths where they can safely stroll not challenged by cyclists and crowds or having to deal with vegetation that provides places where criminals can hide and trees that shed slippery leaves whose roots crack sidewalks making walking dangerous; multiple intersections are simply more opportunities to be hit by cars. Rosenbloom reports on decades of research on what seniors consider a walkable neighborhood and on her focus groups with seniors in Austin, Great Britain, New Zealand, and Australia. area
Dr. Rosenbloom, a Professor of Planning at the University of Texas at Austin, is an internationally recognized expert on the transportation impacts of major societal trends such as the aging of the population; she has published 100+ peer-reviewed articles, monographs, and book chapters and 50+ major research reports for major US agencies and multiple national governments, the US National Science Foundation, and many major foundations. Dr. Rosenbloom is also Director of the Innovation in Infrastructure program of the Washington, DC based Urban Institute where she leads projects on traffic safety, financing infrastructure, and green storm water management. Dr. Rosenbloom has worked with the RAND Corporation on urban freight management challenges and highway funding. She has served as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board and just stepped down as TRB International Secretary. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Planning Association, one of the leading urban journals in the world.