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Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs is an invited featured speaker at a November seminar in Mexico City on The Constitution and Urban Property Rights.  The seminar is co-sponsored by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and CIDE (the Mexican Center for Research and Teaching in Economics).  The impetus for the seminar is the current consideration of a Political Constitution for Mexico City as part of its new position as an autonomous member of the Mexican Union; the Constitution is scheduled to be adopted by the end of January 2017.

Prof. Morales was interviewed about pedestrian malls for the Coumbian Missourian. Read the article here.

A report titled Evicted in Dane County, Wisconsin: A Collaborative Examination of the Housing Landscape by Asst. Prof. Revel Sims, URPL MS students Ian Aley, Lexa Dundore, Emily Lutz, Ruanda McFerren, Sociology PhD student Taylor Laemmli, and UW special student Sheila Long received front-page coverage in the Wisconsin State Journal. The report (link may only work for UW affiliates) was the product of a summer class taught by Asst. Prof. Sims called Planning with Community Field Research Methods. 

URPL MS candidate Sydney Prusak and URPL alum Sonja Reichertz (MS '13) were interviewed about the UniverCity Year program on Madison’s WKOW TV. See the recorded segment here!

Prof. Morales has been invited to testify to the New York City Council November 7 on the question of increasing the number of permits for street vendors. While in NYC he will deliver a number of lectures at Hostos College of CUNY in New York City, including a special evening event where his lecture is titled: Street People: Marketplaces and Vendors in Socio-Historical Context.

Asst. Prof. Revel Sims was featured in UW-Madison's "Focus on new faculty" feature on the news page. Read the interview here!

The late Desmond Fortes (MS '04)'s undergraduate alma mater, Knox College, has established a scholarship in his name: the Desmond Fortes '00 Environmental Studies Prize. It will be awarded annually to either a Junior or Senior that is excelling in their environmental studies.

UniverCity Year Kickoff marks beginning of pilot with City of Monona. Read more here and here to learn about URPL involvement with this exciting UW-Madison initiative and our inaugural experience with the City of Monona.

Assoc. Prof. Kurt Paulsen will be providing a series of blog posts about housing policy in connection with the UW’s “Go Big Read” program which focuses on the book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (by Matthew Desmond, UW grad).  The blog can be found here.

PhD student Lauren Suerth published “Farmers Market Impacts” in the weekly newsletter of Main Street America, Aug. 12, 2016.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs was the lead presenter at a session on urban ecology at the North American Congress for Conservation Biology held in mid-July in Madison.  His presentation grew out of his spring 2016 seminar and contributed to a forthcoming book chapter.  He presented on "Radical Property for 21st Century Urban and Environmental Conditions?"

Prof. Alfonso Morales presented on his farmer's market work to the USDA-AFRI principle investigators at the Agriculture and Applied Economics Association annual meeting in Boston, July 31 - August 2, 2016.

URPL PhD student Chris Spahr completed his term as Norman Gill Policy fellow for the City of Milwaukee.  His report, "An Apple a Day", has garnered significant media attention, mentioned in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story "Report: Milwaukee continues to struggle with obesity" and opinion piece "Milwaukee's weight problem". 

URPL alumna Heather Stouder (MS '04) has been appointed Director of the City of Madison Planning Division by Mayor Paul Soglin. Congratulations, Heather! News story here

The American Planning Association (APA), in partnership with the American Public Health Association (APHA), have awarded the Capital Region Healthy Communities (CRHC) coalition, of which URPL is a member, a Plan4Health Grant. Press release here.

URPL Alum Michael Rodriguez, AICP, is a PhD student at George Washington University, co-authored a new report with Chris Leinberger that shows the importance of walkable urban places. For the full list of city rankings and to download the report, visit http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/foot-traffic-ahead-2016.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs served as chair of the oral examination committee for a Ph.D. defense in urban planning at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.  The defense was held in early June; the research focused on the potential utility of tax increment financing as an approach  to facilitate climate adaptation investment in Dutch cities.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs was an invited keynote presenter to a multi-national workshop-conference held in mid May at the mid-point of a three year research project funded by the French national scientific organization and organized through INRA-SupAgro, Montpellier, France.  The project’s conceptual frame draws from his 1989 article “Social Equity in Agricultural Land Protection," published in Landscape and Urban Planning.  In his keynote lecture he was asked to reflect upon and update his 1989 article.

Prof. Alfonso Morales' co-authored with UW-Madison School of Human Ecology graduate student Kathryn Carroll and the Urban Justice Center's Sean Basinski the article "Fining the Hand That Feeds You: Situational and Violation-Specific Factors Influencing New York City Street Vendor Default in Payment," published in the most recent edition of Cityscape, a triannual journal from the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Prof. Alfonso Morales was part of a USDA expert panel that presented a webinar on the measurement of local and regional food systems. 

Dr. Ruben Anthony (MS '93), organized a meeting of students and alumni on April 25, 2016, in collaboration with 100 Black Men of Madison for the Chancellor and Chief of Police and community members about how to improve relationships between the Campus and Madison's communities of color.

Assoc. Prof. Ken Genskow was quoted in the front page story of the Wisconsin State Journal on April 18, 2016, in a story on manure irrigation

Prof. Alfonso Morales was part of a USDA expert panel creating a tool kit for the measurement of local and regional food systems. He presented this work at APA in Phoenix and is doing webinars on the subject in the months ahead.

Assoc. Prof. Alfonso Morales was part of an academic team recruited by USDA to produce the "The Economics of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments and Choices.” Read more here.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs was quoted extensively in an article in The Badger Herald on property taxes in Wisconsin.  The story can be read here.

URPL MS student Ian Aley will travel to the University Surplus Property Association conference in Corvallis, Oregon to present research he and URPL professor Alfonso Morales conduced to support UW SWAP. With a travel grant through the UW Graduate School and ongoing research funding from the UW Facilities Planning and Management, Aley and Morales have explored two topics: best practices for the reuse of surplus materials on university campuses and Participatory Action Research as a tool to facilitate organizational change.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs attended the 10th annual meeting of the international association on Planning, Law and Property Rights, which was held in mid-February in Bern Switzerland.  He gave two research presentations, was an invited participant of an inaugural plenary global roundtable on national planning systems, and chaired one session.

URPL PhD student Chris Spahr described some of his work on health and planning as part of his Public Policy Fellowship. Read the article here.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs returned to The Netherlands in late January to teach a short course at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam. The course, co-sponsored by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, was for students in the land specialty of the one year master's program in Urban Management and Development.  In addition, he gave a program-wide lecture for all the students in the program.  The one year master's degree serves primarily students from developing countries.

Prof. Brian Ohm was quoted in the Wisconsin State Journal in the article "New wrinkle in property rights bill would eliminate tilt toward experts" and the Wausau Daily Herald in the article "Can the new Marshfield hospital be stopped?"

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs began the year giving several invited lectures in The Netherlands. He spoke at the Civil Society Lab of HAN (Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen) on “Informal Settlement Upgrading in Global Mega-cities,” and to the Department of Political Science, Radboud University Nijmegen on “The American Tea Party.”

MS student Abigail Jackson is the recipient of the 2015 Innovation in Teaching Award for her work with the Building Food Justice Capacity in South Madison service-learning project as a Teaching Assistant in the UW Nelson Institute's Capstone program. Using the non-traditional teaching method of service-learning, Abigail introduces a group of undergraduate seniors to the community of South Madison; the group works in the field with the South Madison Farmers' Market and Nehemiah's Center for Urban Leadership's ManUp group to build capacity for food justice within the community. She is one of 15 award winners selected from the 2,000+ teaching assistants on campus. Congratulations, Abby!

URPL alum Dadit Hidayat and Assoc. Prof. Alfonso Morales’ Baldwin Idea sponsored research with Formerly Incarcerated Individuals was discussed in the magazine CURB story “Second Chances.”

An edited interview with Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs has just been released. View it here. The interview was conducted in August 2015 when he was at the National Law School of India University as a Fulbright Specialist. Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs was interviewed by the graduate public policy students for their blog site Lokniti (public policy in Sanskrit).

Assoc. Prof. Alfonso Morales and URPL MS student Becky Jollay helped produce important work food production and distribution in a changing climate (Morales PI of CFIRE grant with Colleagues at the Center for Integrated Agricultural Studies). The work was reported at the Conference of Parties (COP 21) conference on the environment in Paris, the USDA climate hubs a couple of weeks ago and will be presented at will be at the AESS national conference on Food-Energy-Water Nexus in January.  Some of the work can be found at here.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs was featured in the October 27th edition of Inside UW-Madison.  The story focused on his Fulbright award to teach a specialty short course on land policy at the National Law School of India in Bangalore, and his work in helping to plan and realize the first South Asian Regional Conference of the International Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights.  

Assoc. Prof. Alfonso Morales is the lead of a grant with Slow Food UW (SFUW) that won a Ford Motor Company Foundation “Ford College Community Challenge Grants”. Read more about it on BusinessWire and UHS news.

Assoc. Prof. Kurt Paulsen has published a commentary, “Great Neighborhoods for Whom?” in the forthcoming issue of the Journal of the American Planning Association. The commentary is available here.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs's summer and early fall activities were highlighted in the October "News from the Director" e-letter distributed by Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies Director Paul Robbins. The e-letter was distributed to the Nelson community of faculty, staff and students.  Robbins' note focused on Jacobs's international travels to Taiwan, Netherlands, China and India to conduct professional short courses and trainings on aspects of land policy and property rights.  

Assoc. Prof. Alfonso Morales (URPL/CSCS), with Kathryn Carroll (SoHE PhD student Consumer Science), presented “Fining the Hand that Feeds You,” at the Contesting the Streets II conference at the University of Southern California Oct. 2-3, 2015.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs is the featured speaker on September 24th in the Weston Roundtable Series.  His talk can be viewed here. The series is co-sponsored by the Center for Sustainability and the Global  Environment (SAGE) of the Nelson Institute, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Office of Sustainability of UW-Madison.  He will speak on "Property for the 21st Century: What Form for Urban and Environmental Management."

Assoc. Prof. Alfonso Morales was a guest on Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, discussing the locavore (local food) movement in Wisconsin. Listen here.

Honorary Fellow Revel Sims and URPL Affiliate Faculty Carolina Sarmiento published an article on affordable housing in Santa Ana, California in a special edition of the Journal of Planning Education and Research inspired by the legacy of equity planning. The article, "Façades of Equitable Development: Santa Ana and the Affordable Housing Complex," explores the use of affordable housing as a tool for equity within a gentrifying context.  

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs served as a Fulbright Specialist at the National Law School of India University for the period of August 10-Sept 4.  His primary activity was teaching a short course on land policy to graduate students in the new master of public policy program and consulting on curriculum design.  In addition, he participated in the First South Asian Regional Conference of the International Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights, where he was the invited keynote speaker. 

UW Assistant Scientist, Planning PhD (Georgia Tech), and friend of the Department Jason Vargo is now widely cited for work on bicycle safety. His work was recently discussed on NPR. The work is discussed by the Bloomberg new service, the Washington Post and at least 10 other sources, including WPR. He represents planning concerns at the UW Global Health Institute and elsewhere on campus.  Congratulations Jason! 

Assoc. Prof. Alfonso Morales' Baldwin Idea-sponsored research with Formerly Incarcerated Individuals was mentioned in the Capital Times

Arnold Clement (MS '82) has passed away. Arnold served as the Planning & Development Director in Racine County (its first) from 1967-2002. Julie Anderson, Director of Public Works & Development Services in Racine County, sent this obituary: "Arnie worked for Racine County from 1967-2002 as the Planning & Development Director, and he was the cornerstone of most aspects of all things planning, zoning and development across this County. Im sure many of you may have known Arnie. After he retired, he spent much of his time up north at his lake home in Price County on Pike Lake with his wife, Kay. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish. When he would stop by our offices about once a year, he would tell us all how much he was enjoying retirement. He will be missed by those of us who had the pleasure of knowing him and working along side him on various projects through the years. Racine County owes Arnie a debt of gratitude for his many years of service."

Assoc. Prof. Alfonso Morales’ research on the Spotsylvania farmer's market was highlighted at fredericksburg.com.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs has been awarded a Vilas Life Cycle Professorship for the 2015-2016 academic year.  The project he has been approved for -- Property Rights Advocacy in Europe: Towards an Understanding and Explanation of What is (not) Going On -- is an extension of his 2014 sabbatical research.

Lindsey Day Farnsworth, URPL MS ’11 (currently Nelson PhD student advised by Assoc. Prof. Morales), won a Student Travel Scholarship for 2015 from the ACSP.  

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs was one of three international scholars invited to serve as an instructor in a Training the Trainers Workshop on Planning, Law, and Property Rights, organized and conducted by the Peking University-Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy, Beijing, China.  He was there for one week in early July.  Harvey's residency ended with his participation in Lincoln's International Symposium on Property Rights, Land Policy and Spatial Planning where he served as a commentator on four papers presented by Chinese scholars.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs is the author of "What Kind of Property? Landownership for the Urban Century", an invited blog post.  The blog is maintained by the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Project at Arizona State University.  Prof. Jacobs was invited to author the post by URPL alumnus Mark Watkins (M.S. 2013), a staff member of the Project.

Assoc. Professor Alfonso Morales was invited to speak at the conference organized by the Chicago Federal Reserve and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, Investing in Healthy Rural Communities conference in Platteville: Investing in Healthy Rural Communities: Harvesting the power of people, place and partnerships

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs's appointment as a Visiting Professor at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands has been extended for another two years.  The appointment is now active through academic year 2016-2017.  He will continue in his collaborative research, guest teaching and student supervision working with the Institute for Management Research and the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment.

Max Anderson, AICP, who was a lecturer in URPL from 1962 - 1965, has passed away. His daughter, Alison Anderson, is an URPL MS '95 alum. Read the full obituary here.

Assoc. Prof. Alfonso Morales (Co-PI) and PhD student Dadit Hidayat (URPL MS and PI) received a Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment grant for their project, Building Food Justice Capacity in South Madison. This two-year grant involves partners from around Madison and includes URPL MS student Abby Jackson.

Assoc. Prof. Alfonso Morales and PhD student Lauren Suerth were interviewed on the Wisconsin Public Radio show Central Time on June 10, 2015. Gia Matheny of the Hernando MS market also joined them. Listen here.

Prof. Harvey Jacobs served as a lecturer in late May to the 125th Regular Session of the International Center for Land Policy Studies and Training in Taiwan. He lectured on Property Ownership and Land Tenure Dynamics as part of the Center's four week course on Land Policy for Sustainable Rural Development. His students were mid-career professionals from 29 different developing and transition countries. Harvey's participation continues a multi-decade URPL relationship with the Center begun byProf. Emeritus Ved Prakash, significantly contributed to by Prof. Emeritus Jack Huddleston, and which has included Prof. Dave Marcouiller and URPL affiliate Prof. Steve Ventura.  While in Taiwan Harvey also delivered an invited lecture at the Department of Land Economics of National Chengchi University.

Welford Sanders (M.S. '74), who led redevelopment of King Drive in Milwaukee, passed away May 23. See writeup from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs has been elected Chair of the Environment and Resources Program in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. The E&R Program is the largest of the Nelson graduate programs, and the only program where students can undertake a Ph.D. His term begins in June, and the Chair normally serves for a three year period.

Associate Professor Alfonso Morales facilitated a discussion on food systems equity for the May edition of the Healthy Places Learning Group (HPLG). The event was at the City/County Building in Madison, Monday, May 18, 12pm – 1pm.

Prof. Jim LaGro and Assoc. Prof. Kurt Paulsen spoke at the UW Livable Cities Symposium on May 12th. Prof. LaGro discussed his sustainability work with the Capital Region Sustainable Communities project. Prof. Paulsen discussed his work with the Dane County affordable housing needs assessment.

Doctoral Candidate Hyun Kim, his advisor Prof. Dave Marcouiller, and an international group of scholars had their manuscript entitled "Urban Resettlement in Residential Redevelopment Projects: Considering Desire to Resettle and Willingness to Pay" accepted for publication in the Journal of Housing and the Built Environment.

Assoc. Prof. Kurt Paulsen gave a presentation on fair housing planning to the recent Wisconsin Fair Housing Network annual conference.  URPL alumna Laura Detert (MS 2012) also attended the conference, having recently been hired to work on housing issues for the City Development Department for the City of Racine.

URPL PhD student Chris Spahr was awarded the 2015-2016 Norman N. Gill Civic Engagement Fellowship from the Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum. He is advised by Assoc. Prof. Alfonso Morales, Dean Patrick Remington (School of Medicine and Public Health), and Prof. Jim LaGro.


The Fellowship supports research that is directly relevant to key policy issues confronting local government bodies and agencies in southeast Wisconsin. The Fellowship is named in honor of Norman N. Gill’s long-term commitment to the greater Milwaukee community and to the Citizens Government Research Bureau (now the Public Policy Forum), for which he served as executive director for over 40 years. 

Two URPL Ph.D. graduates have been elected to be on the board of the Association of the Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP); for the west region Richard D. Margerum (1995) of the University of Oregon; and from the northeast region Samina Raja (2002) of the University at Buffalo.

Associate Professor Alfonso Morales was invited to comment on the question: What is it about American culture that encourages risk-taking? for the Smithsonian/Zocalo co-produced project: "What It Means to Be American.” His response is found along with others on the Smithsonian/Zocalo site:



KCRW, a syndicate partner, has also published the piece and tweeted about it:



And Time magazine picked up the articles:

URPL students Jessica Buechler and Riley Balikian, along with Landscape Architecture undergraduate Tony Castagnoli, won a Wisconsin Without Borders Award given by the Morgridge Center, the Global Health Institute, and the Division of International Studies.  Their project was a food system plan and community food center design for the Oneida Tribe of northern Wisconsin. Their work was supported by a contract between the Tribe and Associate Professor Morales, and supported by the Kaufman Lab/URPL, the Nelson Institute and the School of Human Ecology. Read more here.

The Capital Region Healthy Communities coalition of Dane County, Wisconsin, of which Prof. Jim LaGro is a team member, has received a $130,000 grant from the American Planning Association through its Plan4Health program to combat two determinants of chronic disease—lack of physical activity and lack of access to nutritious foods. Read the rest of the press release here.

Alumnus Dr. Ruben Anthony (MS '93) was recently named as CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison. Check out the WSJ article here.

Assoc. Prof. Alfonso Morales presented work on his collaboration with the Oneida tribe at the UW/Native Nations Summit on Environment and Health on Friday, March 13.

Professor Emeritus Steve Born published an article about flyfishing and protecting Wisconsin's waters in the Waters of Wisconsin blog on the Wisconsin Academy website.

Professor Jim LaGro collaborated with Cora Group—a New York City consulting firm with expertise in policy and program evaluation—on an article titled "Evaluating capacity building to foster climate change adaptation." The peer-reviewed paper was recently published in the Open Journal of Social Sciences.

Professor Emeritus Steve Born published an article about flyfishing and protecting Wisconsin's waters in the Waters of Wisconsin blog on the Wisconsin Academy website.

URPL Master of Science students were awarded a $2000 travel grant by the Associated Students of Madison (ASM) to go toward covering the costs of attending the American Planning Association (APA) conference in Seattle, WA, this April.


MS student Daniel Handel: "Representing WSPA, Abby Jackson and I applied for a travel grant of $2000 to go towards transportation expenses for students wishing to attend APA's National Conference in Seattle this April. After submitting the application and presenting our case at a hearing, we were awarded the full $2000. Students attending the conference through this grant: Daniel Handel, Abigail Jackson, Natalie Cotter, Brad Sippel, Rachel Weil, Kangni Jiang, and Malissa Deitsch. We can't wait to get there!"

Assoc. Prof. Alfonso Morales was interviewed for an article about community organizing on behalf of food truck businesses in California.  See: http://www.ozy.com/rising-stars-and-provocateurs/who-fuels-your-food-truck/38930

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs was an invited lecturer in January to the Master on Urban Management and Development program at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He participated in one week of a ten week course on Urban Land Development that was co-sponsored by the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies at Erasmus University and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.  His one week component on “Property Rights and Land Policies” was offered to students from 16 countries, primarily from Africa, Asia and Latin America. 

Assoc. Prof. Alfonso Morales and the national farmers market advocates, Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) released metrics this week that will allow markets and their partners to gather data on vendors’ businesses. The data will assist market organizers in constructing targeted marketing and advocacy plans and will offer farmers and other producers specific information to meet specific on building their business goals. 

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs was an invited participant in the China Housing Policy Dialogue, a panel discussion held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in mid-January.  The Dialogue occurred under the co-sponsorship of the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, the MIT Real Estate Center and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and was attended by a delegation from the Ministry of Land and Resources from the People's Republic of China and students at MIT.

URPL Affiliate Faculty Annemarie Schneider and URPL Assoc. Prof. Kurt Paulsen have published “The changing spatial form of cities in Western China” in the March 2015 volume of Landscape and Urban Planning.  The article is available here.

Dr. Guangqing Chi (PhD 06) was interviewed by NPR Morning Edition's Shankar Vedantam for a story based upon his research looking into the effects of cheaper gasoline prices on vehicle fatalities. Hear the story here. Dr. Chi is the State Demographer for South Dakota and a tenured Professor in the Department of Sociology and Rural Studies at South Dakota State University.

Assoc. Prof. Alfonso Morales recently blogged for Georgia Tech on his work with the Farmers Market Coalition, the Oneida Nation of Northern WI, and his work creating the Food Glossary Wiki.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs delivered an invited lecture in November as part of the 2014-2015 Alexander von Humboldt Lecture Series at Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands.  This year’s theme is Spatial Justice, and Harvey lectured on “Informal Settlement Upgrading in Global Megacities: The Human Rights – Property Rights Dilemma”.

Prof. Brian Ohm published an article titled "Planning and Zoning Consistency" in the October 2014 issue of Planning and an article titled "The Current Status of Extraterritorial Plan Approval in Wisconsin" in the November 2014 issue of The Municipality.

Assoc. Prof. Alfonso Morales was invited as an expert consultant to the American Bar Foundation on the subject of "Latinos and the Law." The group will help set the agenda for research on the subject.

Assoc. Prof. Alfonso Morales was invited as an expert consultant to the USDA on how to produce economic measurements of local and regional food systems. The team will produce a six chapter toolkit of which Morales will co-author two chapters. He will present the work in Washington DC for the Regional Science Association in November.

Prof. Harvey Jacobs was the lead lecturer to the 123rd Regular Session of the International Center for Land Policy Studies and Training in Taiwan. He lectured on Property Ownership and Land Tenure Dynamics as part of the Center's four week course on Land Policy for Sustainable Rural Development. His students were mid-career professionals from 21 different developing and transition countries. Harvey's participation continues a multi-decade URPL relationship with the Center begun by Prof. Emeritus Ved Prakash, significantly contributed to by Prof. Emeritus Jack Huddleston, and which has included Prof. Dave Marcouiller and URPL affiliate Prof. Steve Ventura.  While in Taiwan Harvey also delivered an invited lecture at the Department of Land Economics of National Chengchi University.

Assoc. Prof. Alfonso Morales was interviewed for his work with farmers markets by Eleanor Nelsen for the KQED series Quest: The Science of Sustainability.  See it at: http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/09/23/farmers-markets-are-good-for-communities-right/

Assoc. Prof. Alfonso Morales was interviewed for his expertise on Central Cities on WalletHub.com. He was also interviewed by the Capital Times on public markets and food access for the September 28 issue.

Assoc. Prof. Alfonso Morales co-led a team that is presenting, this Friday, September 19, to the Climate Quest Challenge sponsored by the Office of Sustainability.  Learn about the CQ and see a photo of his team in action here.

PhD student Lauren Suerth and Assoc. Prof. Alfonso Morales's co-authored the article "Zoning for Small-Scale Composting in Urban Areas," which is featured in Issue Number 9 of the APA's Zoning Practice publication.

MS student Angela Puerta was featured in La Comunidad News LLC. She helped organize the 2014 Mayor's Neighborhood Conference Strong Leaders, Healthy Places, to be held Saturday, September 13, 2014, at Monona Terrace.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs has been certified as a Fulbright Specialist for the period 2014-2019.  The Specialist Program, administered as part of the Fulbright Program, allows for visits ranging from 2 to 6 weeks at academic institutions in over 140 countries.  Specialists are eligible to undertake up to three visits during their five years on the Specialist roster.  Prof. Jacobs was involved in the Program's early years when he was on the roster from 2002-2009.  During that time he undertook visits in Norway and Spain and served as a reviewer for applicants to the Program.

The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) named Stephen B. Friedman (URPL alum, MS ’71), FAICP, CRE to the prestigious AICP College of Fellows for his outstanding achievements in urban planning professional practice.  
Friedman, who is President of SB Friedman Development Advisors, lives in Chicago, Illinois. 
The 40 honorees were inducted into the AICP College of Fellows this past April at the American Planning Association’s 2014 National Planning Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.  


The College of Fellows recognizes the achievements of the planner as an individual, elevating the Fellow before the public and the profession as a model planner who has made significant contributions to planning and society. Fellowship is granted to planners who have been members of AICP and have achieved excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public and community service, and leadership. For more information on the College of Fellows, please visit:https://www.planning.org/faicp/

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs participated in the annual meeting of AESOP, the Association of European Schools of Planning, held in early July in Utrecht, The Netherlands.  At the conference he presented a paper co-authored with Prof. Erwin van der Krabben of Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands, titled “Is Regulatory Takings Coming to the Netherlands?”

Assoc. Prof. Alfonso Morales's new work on farmers market has been on the University of Wisconsin homepage as well as discussed on including local television, WKOW, local and state radio, WPR, WJFW-TV12 - Rhinelander, and Newsradio 620 WTMJ - Milwaukee.


See http://farmersmarketcoalition.org/programs/farmers-market-metrics/ for the latest.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs is featured in an interview-article in the new issue of In Common, the magazine of UW's Nelson Institute. The issue focuses on creating more liveable cities, and Harvey provides a global context for viewing urban growth.  The article can be viewed here.

Dadit Hidayat, an URPL MS '06 alum and PhD candidate in the Nelson Institute, has been awarded Public Humanities Fellowship by the Center for the Humanities. After collaborating with Professor Alfonso Morales in revitalizing the South Madison Farmers' Market (SMFM) through a back-to-back Nelson Institute capstone courses, in this fellowship Dadit will work with the FairShare CSA Coalition to conduct an oral history project around community supported agriculture. The fellowship is a part of the center’s Engaging the Humanities, a multiyear project supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.



The SMFM project has been approved by the Nelson Institute for a follow up service learning course.  Dadit will continue to be a co-instructor for the course, along with Professor Morales and Dr. Margaret Nellis (University Health Services and School of Human Ecology).  A new addition to the project team is Abby Jackson, an incoming MS URPL student, who will serve as a Teaching Assistant.


Abby graduated from UW-Madison with an International Studies-Global Commons major and Environmental Studies and European Studies certificates.  She has been with the Department of Health Services’ Chronic Disease Prevention Unit, working on developing and disseminating information around community nutrition, including the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.  As a TA, she will be responsible in facilitating the partnership between the Nelson Institute and its students with SMFM leaders in building South Madison local capacity to revitalize SMFM.

URPL MS '98 alum Michael Koles has been named Executive Director of the Wisconsin Towns Association. Koles is currently the Department Head of the UW Extension Waupaca County, and has served as a Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development Educator (CNRED) for Waupaca County since 2003. He has been a CNRED agent since 1998, working in Winnebago County prior to his current position. Koles will start the position with Wisconsin Towns Association on August 1, 2014. Full press release here.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs traveled to China in late May at the invitation of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. He was one of seven invitees who participated in a workshop collaboratively organized by the Peking University-Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy and the Development Research Center of the State Council (China) on “Land Management Systems: International Experiences”; he presented on Farmland and Natural Resource Management. While in China he was also invited to lecture both at Peking University and at the Chinese Society for Urban Studies. .

URPL MS '14 alum Lihlani Skipper has been honored by the Morgridge Center for Public Service with the annual award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship at the graduate student level.


The award is given annually to one graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who has engaged with the community through service-learning, engaged teaching, leading or participating in community-based research. Read more here.

The work of URPL PhD Candidate Chris Spahr was discussed on the blog Streetsblog.

Associate Professor Alfonso Morales is the PI of a new USDA award to support farmers market managers in establishing goals, collecting and interpreting data, and collaborating with communities. His three year award, with the Farmers Market Coalition was made through the Rural Families, Communities and Regional Development program for $476,537.

Yaidi Cancel Martinez (Urban and Regional Planning - PhD Candidate) and her teammate Ashray Manur (Electrical Engineering) competed in The Global Stewards Sustainability Prize competition of the WISCONSIN ENERGY AND SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGE S.M.A.R.T, or the Smart Multi-tech Automated Real Time home energy management system, was developed by Ashray Gururaja Manur, an electrical and computer engineering graduate student, and Yaidi Cancel Martinez, an urban and regional planning PhD student. Their project combines the ability to control and monitor a home's electrical devices, view data or usage schedules, the ability to integrate with a time-based metering system and access to the SMART Energy Network. The team describes their project as "an intelligent power automation system that provides state-of-the-art monitoring, metering and control of electrical appliances."

URPL 912 won an Honorable Mention for Global Engaged Scholarship from Wisconsin Without Borders (Global Health Institute, Morgridge Center for Public Service and the Division of International Studies) for it's work on the "Freeport Revitalization Initiative."

Associate Professor Alfonso Morales successfully nominated URPL PhD Candidate Yaidi Cancel-Martinez for the NIH/NIGMS R25 TEAM-Science Program. This award is full-funding for two years and so amounts to more than $100,000.

Associate Professor Alfonso Morales was interviewed by Brian Standing of the radio station WORT on Latino populations in Wisconsin on April 7, 2014.

URPL Professors Jim LaGro and Kurt Paulsen and URPL Affiliate faculty Sam Dennis and Anna Andrejewski were featured speakers at LABASH, the national student Landscape Architecture conference held at UW Madison March 27-29. Prof. LaGro presented on ecological design and Prof. Paulsen spoke on the future of American cities. The conference website can be foundhere.

Allen Lovejoy (MS '75) recently announced his retirement after a 35+ year career in planning. He was well-known across the nation (and, particularly around the Twin Cities) as a strong advocate for mass transit. See the St. Paul paper's story on himhere.

Sean Robbins (MS ’03) was recently appointed by the Governor of Oregon John Kitzhaber as the new director of Business Oregon.  Business Oregon is a cabinet-level state agency responsible for economic and business development in the state.  The governor’s press release can be read here

Jeff Prey (NIES MS 88) and Prof. Dave Marcouiller were interviewed on WPR's The Larry Meiller Show about the economic benefits of the Wisconsin State Park System. Listen to their interview here. Their discussion revolved around the contents of a recently released report on the topic found here.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs was an invited speaker at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands on March 20th.  He gave a presentation titled “American Invention, Global Application?  Conservation Easements for Land and Environmental Management."  Over 100 students attended the lecture, and over 40 alumni of the program watched it on a live stream.

Prof. Jim LaGro authored an essay - "Deconstructing the Policing of Conservation Subdivision Design Standards" - recently published by Planetizen, the online information exchange for the urban planning, design, and development community.

Assoc. Prof. Ken Genskow has been in the news around the state discussing nitrogen management, land use, and water pollution. Click here to listen to a radio interview. He will be leading the Nitrogen Science Summit coming up on March 28 here in Madison. Click here for more information.

Assoc. Prof. Kurt Paulsen is the author of an Urban Studies article recently published entitled: "Geography, Policy, or Market?  New Evidence on the Measurement and Causes of Sprawl (and Infill) in U.S. Metropolitan Regions" Download the online versionhere.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs is the author of a new working paper released by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.  The paper is titled "Conservation Easements in the U.S. and Abroad: Reflections and Views Toward the Future" and is available for free downloading here

Assoc. Prof. Alfonso Morales and Dadit Hidayat, a doctoral student in Environment and Resources, led two Nelson Institute Capstone courses, one in the fall, and one in the spring, both focused on assisting the South Madison Farmers' Market in increasing community access and attendance. See more at the Nelson website.

Doctoral Candidates Ms. Danya KimMr. Jangik Jin, and Mr. Hyun Kim presented papers at the Western Regional Science Association Annual Meetings (February 16-19) in San Diego, California.

Robert "Bob" Stanton (M.S. 77, Ph.D. 88), 87, died on February 4 in Madison, Wisconsin.  He was a long-time protege and teaching assistant (well known to many URPL master's students) to URPL Prof. Leo Jakobson.  His interest in urban planning took him around the world to conferences and on exchange programs, including Japan, Finland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Hungary, and the People's Republic of China.  Bob often participated in town halls, "get-out-the vote" drives, and he was a founding member of the Students for a Democratic Society at UW. He was an early recycler ­- finding ways to reuse almost any material or item. Bob was an avid walker, biker, and outspoken supporter of public transportation. He was known for both his frugality for himself and his generosity to others. His obituary is linked here.

Samina Raja (Ph.D. 02), has won the prestigious 2014 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning awarded by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Cal Poly Pomona.  Dr. Raja was recognized for her leadership and scholarship on food systems.  Information about the prize can be found at: http://www.csupomona.edu/~urp/daleprize/

Doctoral student Chris Spahr published an article on Milwaukee's jobs and transit mismatch on the State Smart Transportation Initiative website.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs has received a Research Travel Grant from the European Union Center for Excellence, part of the UW Center for European Studies.  The grant for his project -- "Property Rights and The Right in and at the European Union" -- will be used for travel to Brussels, Belgium, the seat of the European Union.  There he will conduct interviews as part of his Spring 2014 sabbatical research on the role of property rights advocacy in western Europe.

Doctoral student Hyun Kim was awarded the Jeanne X. Kasperson student paper award from the Association of American Geographers (AAG) for his work on planning for hazards, risks, and disasters. The paper will be presented at the AAG annual meeting in Tampa (April 8-12, 2014) within the Hazards Specialty Group.

Prof. Dave Marcouiller was awarded the 2013 PAB Site Visitor of the Year Award at the recent Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning meetings in Columbus, Ohio. This award is named in honor of the Department's late Prof. Emeritus Jerry Kaufman, a long-time Planning Accreditation Board site visitor. The honor reflects Prof. Marcouiller's commitment to planning education and his outstanding contributions to the PAB’s mission of ensuring the high quality of planning programs across North America.

Prof. Jim LaGro organized a panel discussion on green infrastructure at the annual Capital Area Planning Conference in Madison at the end of October. He also gave a presentation on "Green Infrastructure: Challenges & Opportunities in the Capital Region."

Prof. Dave Marcouiller was awarded the "Remarkable Program Support Award" from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for his applied research and outreach efforts over the past 20 years.  These exemplary "Wisconsin Idea" contributions have included multiple Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plans (SCORP's), gateway community impact studies, and a forthcoming report on the economic impacts of the Wisconsin State Park System. The award, presented in October 2013, was for "exceptional efforts and contributions to support the Wisconsin State Park System in acheiving its mission."

Asst. Prof. Asli Gocmen was an invited speaker at Iowa State University - Extension and Outreach. In September, Assistant Prof. Asli Gocmen gave a talk on her outreach efforts in GIS and ecological land planning in Wisconsin.



For the Contemporary Issues in Planning and Design Lecture Series, College of Design at Iowa State University also invited Assistant Professor Asli Gocmen to give a presentation on her recent work on conservation subdivision design. 

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs taught a two day short course at the end of October titled “Property Rights and Land Policies” as part of the Master on Urban Management and Development program at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.  The course was organized by the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies at Erasmus University and co-sponsored with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.  There were over 100 students in the course, most from developing countries.

Asst. Prof. Asli Gocmen is the author of a recent article published in the Journal of Extension: GIS Use in Public Planning Agencies: Extension Opportunities. Read here.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs was a featured panelist at the Dane County 2013 Food Summit: Connecting with the Land.  He spoke on Land Ownership, Local Control, Land Use, stressing how American ideas about property rights and the American system of local governance and public finance make it difficult to permanently protect agricultural land, even when doing so is a strongly held community value.

Prof. Asli Göçmen is the author of a recent article titled "Barriers to Successful Implementation of Conservation Subdivision Design: A Closer Look at Land Use Regulations and Subdivision Permitting Process" that appeared in Landscape and Urban Planning. 

Prof. Alfonso Morales and Megan Parsons (M.S. URPL, 2011) co-authored two articles published in the Journal of Extension. Read "Increasing the Healthiness of Consumers Through Farmers Markets" and "Starting a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Information for Starting This Program at a Farmers Market."

On September 24, Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs was a keynote speaker at a conference at Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands, celebrating the 50th anniversary of their planning department.  The conference reflected on 50 years of planning education and research.  Harvey was asked to speak to how planning education has changed in the U.S. over 50 years.  Prof. Anna Geppert of the University of Paris-Sorbonne spoke on 50 years of planning education in the European Union.  Attendees included academics, students and practitioners from throughout the Netherlands.

Prof. Jim LaGro and a multidisciplinary team of faculty from the Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Landscape Architecture recently received a $50,000 research grant to examine the challenges and potential opportunities for implementing a multi-purpose green infrastructure system on the UW-Madison campus.  This spatiotemporal research – focusing, initially, on stormwater quality and quantity – is funded by the campus Office of Sustainability.

The 3rd edition of Prof. LaGro’s popular textbook, Site Analysis: Informing Context-Sensitive and Sustainable Site Planning and Design, was published in March by Wiley & Sons.

Prof. Harvey Jacobs was the kick-off lecturer in the 119th Regular Session of the International Center for Land Policy Studies and Training in Taiwan. He lectured on Property Ownership and Land Tenure Dynamics as part of the six week course on Land Policy for Sustainable Rural Development. His students were mid-career professionals from 21 different developing and transition countries. Harvey's participation continues a multi-decade URPL relationship with the Center begun by Prof. Emeritus Ved Prakash.

The first Jerome Kaufman Doctoral Fellowship was awarded this year at the University of Buffalo to UB student Subhashni Raj, who works with '02 URPL alum and current UB associate professor Samina Raja. The fellowship is named in honor of the lateJerry Kaufman, professor emeritus at URPL. Read more about it here.

An interview with Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs appeared in the August edition of the e-newsletter of the Dutch National Scientific Organization’s Community of Research and Practice.  His interview focused on tax increment financing and was titled “Increased Real Estate Values Should Go to Society.”  It is available (in Dutch) here.

Among our Spring 2013 graduating cohort, three students won awards: Maria Holl won the Jessica Bullen Community Service Award; Colleen Moran won the J.R. Huddleston Outstanding Professional Project Award; and Jaclyn Mich won the AICP Outstanding Planning Student Award. Congratulations to all!

The Fall 2010 Workshop was awarded the National SCORP Excellence Award ... Best of the Best (co-sponsored by the National Park Service and the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals) at the 2013 National Outdoor Recreation Conference. This meeting (May 19-23 in Traverse City, MI) was held jointly with The IUFRO Conference on Forests for People.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs participated in an academic ceremony on May 23rd at Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands where German Chancellor Angela Merkel received an honorary doctorate.  Also present were Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Sybrand van Haersma Buma, leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal, a major Dutch opposition party.  Harvey was at Radboud University Nijmegen in his capacity as a Visiting Professor, where he is undertaking a research project with his colleague and URPL visitor Prof. Erwin van der Krabben.

In May 2013, the northwest Illinois City of Freeport was awarded $1.2 million from USEPA for planning, environmental assessment, and cleanup of riverfront brownfield sites. USEPA recognized URPL as a key partner in the City's brownfield redevelopment initiative when announcing the planning grant award. URPL students will support Freeport's Riverfront Enterprise Initiative in the Fall 2013 workshop, including projects focused on passenger rail, brownfields, regional food systems, transit, neighborhood reinvestment, green infrastructure, and arts and cultural planning.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs was a featured speaker at the 2013 Ridenour Faculty Fellowship Conference at Virginia Tech University in April.  The conference was organized by the School of Public and International Affairs and its theme was on “Governing Possibilities and Possibilities for Governance.”  He spoke on the opening panel “Governance and Space” and focused on private property’s mixed legacy for facilitating democracy and yet impeding effective city planning.

Prof. Alfonso Morales worked with the city of Freeport, Illinois, and Vandewalle & Associates, Inc., in winning a $200K Area-wide Planning grant from USEPA—one of twenty nation-wide. 

Professor Emeritus Kaufman was honored at the 2013 APA meetings in Chicago.

Lihlani Skipper (M.S. Student, Agroecology and URPL) will be the department's second Kaufman fellow. The fellowship established in Jerry Kaufman's name supports students interested in food system research and activism.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs made several presentations at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands in November. "Property Rights and Public Sector Land Use Planning in the U.S. and Europe," was presented to a seminar that is part of the Department of Geography, Planning and Environmental Studies' Alexander von Humboldt Lecture Series. "Social Conflict over Property Rights -- in the U.S. and Europe" was presented to professional master's students in planning.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs traveled to Taiwan (in October) and Netherlands (in November) to participate in training programs with students from developing countries. In Taiwan he taught under the auspices of the International Center for Land Policy Studies and Training, and had 25 students from 21 developing and transition countries globally. This was the 18th year of his collaboration with the Center; his participation continues a relationship begun under Prof. Emeritus Ved Prakash, and which has included Prof. Emeritus Jack Huddleston and Prof. Dave Marcouiller. In The Netherlands he taught under the auspices of the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies at Erasmus University, Rotterdam; he has been collaborating with them for seven years. There he had 87 students from 28 countries.

Prof. Alfonso Morales was interviewed for the Galician newspaper, El Progresso.

Profs. Asli Göçmen and Kurt Paulsen will both present research papers at the upcoming 53rd annual Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) conference in Cincinnati. Prof. Göçmen will present a paper on "Stewards or Bulldozers in the Countryside? Placing Developers in the Context of Successful Implementation of the Conservation Subdivision Design." Prof. Paulsen's paper is "Forecasting and Planning for Housing for 1-Person Households."

Prof. Alfonso Morales will be traveling to Spain to deliver six lectures on urban agriculture to a group of scholars and students from the Netherlands and Spain at the invitation of Prof. Dr. Urbano Fra Paleo from University of Santiago de Compostela.

Congratulations to students (now alumni) of the 2010 URPL Workshop! Your efforts are captured throughout the final 2011-2016 Wisconsin Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (and notably present in Chapters 3 and 4). Check it outhere. Also, note that in addition to the entire group of workshop students, alumni Taylar Foster (M.S. 2011) and Austin Outhavong (M.S. 2011) had their work on Wisconsin gardening and network analysis highlighted in this critical state level planning analysis that helps direct major investments in future outdoor recreation facilities across our great state!

Professor Morales' student, Mariela Quesada Centeno, was selected to attend the 2012 Slow Food International Congresswhich will happen concurrently with Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto in Turin, Italy, Oct. 25-29, 2012. Please visit the following hyperlinks for information on Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto and the International Congress.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs begins a three year appointment as a visiting professor at Radboud University in the Netherlands. The appointment is for 2012-2015 in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environmental Studies. He will engage in guest teaching and collaborative research with colleagues; his duties will have him traveling to Radboud once each semester, and for part of the summer period.

URPL ALUMNI BEST IN NATION! Recently released national data on graduates taking the AICP (professional planner certification) exam shows URPL graduates with the highest pass rate (98 percent) for any accredited planning program with more than 20 graduates taking the exam from 2004-2011. The data, released by the American Planning Association, are available at: www.planning.org/certification/passrates/. UW – Madison had 45 graduates take the exam from 2004-2011.

Prof. LaGro spoke on campus in early May on the implications of Wisconsin's regulatory policies for on-site wastewater treatment systems. His public lecture – titled "Plumbing Code or Land Use Policy?" – was co-sponsored by the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Prof. LaGro was invited to participate in a February meeting on "Sustainability Linkages in the Federal Government," convened in Seattle by the National Academies' Science and Technology for Sustainability Program. Jim spoke in a panel session addressing "Land Use, the Built Environment, and the Great Lakes Regional Economy."

Prof. Kurt Paulsen is the author of a research article in the upcoming (July) volume of Regional Science and Urban Economics. His paper is titled, "Yet Even More Evidence on the Spatial Size of Cities: Metropolitan Spatial Expansion in the US, 1980-2000."

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs has been invited to join the Series Advisor Board for "Groundworks: Ecological Issues in Philosophy and Theology," to be published by Fordham University Press beginning in 2013. Profs. F. Clingerman of Ohio Northern University and B. Treanor of Loyola Marymount University have initiated the series and will serve as series editors.

Prof. Alfonso Morales was quoted by Madison Magazine, Edible Boston and the Village Voice, and his work was discussed in the New York Times, and Crain's New York. He also gave lectures to the City of Montreal and to the Department of Public Health as part of a special consultation on Urban Agriculture.

URPL grad students enrolled in the Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Planning seminar (URPL 945 -click to see the course webpage) had fun immersing themselves in real-world leisure science and Wisconsin tourism planning on a beautiful Spring day ... check them out as they wait for the Merrimac Ferry.

Prof. Harvey Jacobs is the author of a chapter in the just published (2012) French volume Biodiversite: Droits de Propriété, Économie et Environnement, edited by M. Falque and H. Lamotte. His contribution examines "Non-Regulatory Approaches to Biodiversity Management: 20th Century Lessons from the U.S."

At the APA meetings in Los Angeles, PhD student Lindsey Day Farnsworth and Prof. Alfonso Morales are presenting "Food Logistics and Transportation: Planning for sustainable regional food systems," and Professor Morales is presenting "Planning for Healthy Food Outside" with Lauren Dunning, JD, of the County of Los Angeles.

PhD student Lindsey Day Farnsworth and Prof. Alfonso Morales' recent publication on Food Distribution Systems in JAFSCD is featured at the USDA site here under the subheading Small Farm Distribution Models. See the publication here.

URPL's Recreation Planning Lab released results of an 18 month study focused on motorized outdoor recreation and trailside communities. This case study report (click here) was written by a group of authors including Ela Kakde (URPL Ph.D. Student and Lafayette County UWEX agent) and Prof. Dave Marcouiller, among others. The study rollout and volunteer party took place the evening of March 29 in Darlington, Wisconsin and was attended by over 50 local stakeholders. Stay tuned for related extensions and educational material development from this project. Technical assistance was provided by lab workers (and URPL Graduate Students) Michael DraperJin ParkMaria Holl, and Allan Hoogasian.

URPL won a decisive victory over La Follette in the highly anticipated interdepartmental basketball game.

Prof. Alfonso Morales delivered the lecture: Enhancing Migrant Worker Health in the United States - Mexico Borderlands, to the UW Global Health Symposium. The talk was based on previously published research.

Prof. Brian Ohm presented his annual case law update at the March 1 APA-WI Annual Conference. The program qualifies for 1.5 CM (law) credits for AICP members and the materials from the presentation are available here.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs taught a short course at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in late February. The short course was titled "Property Rights and Land Policies," and was offered under the co-sponsorship of the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. The short course was part of IHS's one year master's in urban management for mid-career professionals from developing countries.

Prof. Morales worked with colleagues at CFIRE to win a $3.5 million grant for a consortia of universities led by UW's National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE). The grant will fund research, outreach and education on multimodal freight systems and will allow CFIRE to continue its innovative freight research as a Tier I University Transportation Center (UTC). Morales is a Collaborator and a Research Project Principle Investigator.

Prof. Morales was invited to join an international gathering at the University of California - San Diego on the subject of marketplaces. The project is sponsored by Goldsmiths College - London, UCSD, and the Austrian Science Fund through a grant to the Technical University at Wein. See http://visarts.ucsd.edu/informal-market-worlds

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs has had his work on property rights highlighted in a profile on the Nelson Institute website:http://www.nelson.wisc.edu/news/news-details.php?e=1408

Prof. Kurt Paulsen is a co-author on a research paper recently published in the December 2011 issue of the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. The paper is "Governance Capacity in Collaborative Watershed Partnerships: Evidence from the Philadelphia Region."

Prof. Alfonso Morales was interviewed by Kevin Helliker of The Wall Street Journal December 20, 2011.http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203899504577128971266748552.html

Prof. Alfonso Morales recently authored: "Understanding and Interpreting Tax Compliance Strategies Among Street Vendors." Chapter 5 in The Ethics of Tax Evasion: Perspectives in Theory and Practice. Robert McGee, (editor). Springer, New York & Dordrecht, (pp 83-106).

Prof. Alfonso Morales was interviewed by Steve Holt of Atlantic Cities. See http://www.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and-lifestyle/2011/12/bostons-public-market/604/

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs traveled to Harvard University in early December at the invitation of Harvard's President to advise the President and the Dean of the Graduate School of Design on the appointment of a new full professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Design.

Students in Prof. Alfonso Morales' URPL 711 class, Food Systems and Markets, have been giving public presentations all over Dane County. Pastor Mary Pharmer of St Mark's Lutheren Church wrote, "It was a pleasure to hear Keefe's presentation, sharing both his personal story and his ideas about the food system was fascinating," and hers is among the many positive comments the students received.

Matt Covert is a first-year student in Urban and Regional Planning and a continuing Master's student in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, where he is a Doris Duke Conservation Fellow.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs traveled to the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts in mid-November to deliver two invited lectures on the first day of a one week training seminar conducted for officials from the Ministry of Land and Resources, People's Republic of China. Prof. Jacobs lectured on –"Evolution of Property Rights of Land: United States and Western Europe," and "Legal Aspects of Land Use Planning in the United States."

Prof. Alfonso Morales was elected to the Law and Society Association's Board of Trustees, Class of 2014. The Board oversees all the activities of that scholarly association. This is his second term on the board.

Adam Mednick was a coauthor of Air Quality and Exercise-Related Health Benefits for Reduced Car Travel in the Midwestern United States in Environment Health Perspectives

Scott Janowiak was awarded the 2011 Andrew Muzi Yellow Jersey Fellowship, in large part for his work with the City of Madison and Madison B-cycle, in which he helped implement Madison's new bike-sharing service.

Profs. Asli Gocmen and Kurt Paulsen each presented research papers at the recent Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) annual meeting in Salt Lake City. Prof. Gocmen presented her paper "Land Use Regulations: Barriers to Successful Implementation of Conservation Subdivision Design." Prof. Paulsen's paper was "The Evolution of Suburban Housing Unit Diversity."

Prof. Alfonso Morales' research on marketplaces was featured in Scientific American September 2011 and in the book Stealth of Nations by Robert Neuwirth. He recently gave a lecture at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Planning.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs served as the John Bousfield Distinguished Visitor in Planning, with the Program in Planning, at the Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto for the final two weeks of October.  As part of his program he gave a University-wide lecture (What Place Private Property in a Sustainability Schema?), two Program lectures (What’s Left on Land? and Private Property and Human Rights), taught two classes and consulted with the faculty on curricular and accreditation matters.

Prof. Dave Marcouiller presented recent work on rural amenity-based development and served as a U.S. delegate to the World Planning Schools Congress in Perth, Australia. This summer's event, hosted by the University of Western Australia, marked the third gathering of leading academics representing the nine associations of planning schools throughout the world and was organized by the Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN). Information about the Congress can be found here.

Prof. Shang Tiancheng (URPL Visiting Scholar) presented a poster on a financing model of energy performance contracting based on surplus emission quotas and restrictive conditions at the IEEE Energy Tech Conference held at the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH ... more information about the conference can be found here.

Prof. Ken Genskow presented a paper at the ISSRM Annual Meetings in Madison back in early June.

Graduate Student Austin Outhavong, WDNR Planner Jeff Prey, and Prof. Dave Marcouiller presented a co-authored paper on incorporating public health and wellness into outdoor recreation planning at the ISSRM Annual Meetings held here in Madison earlier in June.

Prof. Dave Marcouiller presented a paper on exurbanization and amenity migration at the Presidential Symposium of the Mid-continent Regional Science Association Meetings in Detroit, MI.

Prof. Shang Tiancheng (URPL Visiting Scholar) attended the Fulbright Regional Visiting Scholar Seminar entitled "Living Sustainably: Innovation in Food and Energy" held in Burlington, Vermont in mid-April. Prof Tiancheng will be in-residence through the Summer of 2011.

Prof. Dave Marcouiller helped lead a CRC Global trip to the Dominican Republic. The group of 40+ undergraduates from UW-Madison worked with an NGO and taught English, Public Health, and Sustainability to school children in the commmunity of San Fernando de Montecristi.

Prof. Dave Marcouiller and his colleagues Mark Lapping and Owen Furuseth have published a new edited book entitled "Rural Housing, Exurbanization, and Amenity-driven Development". It is part of Ashgate's series Perspectives on Rural Policy and PlanningAcquisition details found here.

During the first two weeks of April Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs served as a Fellow at the, University of Bielefeld, Germany on a project titled "The Road to Global Social Citizenship? Human Rights Approaches to Global Social Policy." A significant component of the project focuses on the role of land tenure and property in a 21st century conceptualization of global human rights. Prof. Jacobs was part of an eight person international group (other participants were from Germany, Austria, India and the UK); he was the only American participant. He is invited to return and continue his participation at the end of the spring academic semester.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs continued his relationship with the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, through teaching a short course in March. The course – “Property Rights and Land Policies” – is part of their International Course Specialisation: “Land Development Strategies and the Future of Cities.” The clientele for the course are international students (primarily from developing countries) undertaking a one year master’s degree in urban management.

URPL Graduate Students enrolled in this Falls's Planning Workshop (URPL 912) have finalized work on three of the seven elements for revision and eventual inclusion in the 2011-2016 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). In mid--December, they provided a final presentation of their work to Internal and External review panels. More information on their final products can be found here.

In November Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs traveled to the two coasts to give invited lectures. In mid-November he served as the lead lecturer to a one week joint training seminar on Public Land Management conducted at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The seminar was a collaborative effort of the Institute and the Ministry of Land and Resources, People’s Republic of China. Twenty national and regional officials from Beijing and thirteen provinces throughout the country attended the training. Prof. Jacobs was asked to deliver two lectures for the first morning of the week –“Evolution of Property Rights of Land: United States and Western Europe,” and “Legal Aspects of Land Use Planning in the United States.” In late November Harvey was at the University of British Columbia, Canada, under the sponsorship of the Faculty of Law, to give two lectures and participate in a set of informal events and activities. His formal lectures were titled “Social Conflict Over Private Property in the U.S.: Past, Present and Future,” given to a first year property law class, and “What Place Private Property in a Sustainability Schema? The Legacies and Challenges of John Locke, Aldo Leopold and Garrett Hardin,” delivered under the sponsorship of The Centre For Global Environmental and Natural Resource Law. .

See Prof. Alfonso Morales in the segment "fishing for food" on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams click here to see the clip.

Prof. Brian Ohm recently returned from China where he was invited to work with a group of Chinese legal scholars on legislation to address one of the most controversial urban development issues in China -- the eviction and demolition process (China’s equivalent to the eminent domain process in the United States). Brian was invited by The Rights Practice, a London-based human rights organization, to share his expertise in eminent domain in the United States and was joined by an expert from the United Kingdom on the compulsory purchase process used in the UK. The meetings were hosted by the Constitutionalism Research Institute at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, one of China’s leading law schools. The Chinese participants included prominent legal scholars from around China, journalists, and governmental officials. Brian also contributed a paper that was translated into Mandarin on the theory and practice of eminent domain in the United States for use by the Chinese scholars in their reform efforts.

Prof. Knut Ingar Westeren is visiting the Department from NORWAY and working with Prof. Dave Marcouiller on a variety of regional science and tourism economics topics. Ingar is in the Faculty of Economics, Organization & Management at North Trondelag University College in Steinkjer.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs recently returned from one week in Spain, at the University of Santiago de Compestela, Lugo. He was there to teach a component of a course "Spatial Planning for Sustainable Development," which helped to launch a new master's program in Management of Land and Territory. In addition, under the sponsorship of the new program he gave a University-wide lecture "What Place Private Property in a Sustainability Schema? The Legacies and Challenges of John Locke, Aldo Leopold and Garrett Hardin."

Prof. Jim LaGro is part of a team that was recently awarded a Sustainable Communities Regional Planning grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The grant provides nearly $2 million over a three-year period during which the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission and its partners will advance numerous sustainability initiatives, including promoting best practices in transit-oriented development, stormwater retention and infiltration, and greenhouse gas emission reduction.

Over a two-day period in October, Prof. Jim LaGro taught a continuing education course for licensed architects, engineers, and landscape architects in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut region. Invited by the Institute for Design Professionals, his course on Open Space Systems for the Built Environment was taught in Manhattan and Syracuse.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs recently returned from one week in Spain, at the University of Santiago de Compestela, Lugo. He was there to teach a component of a course "Spatial Planning for Sustainable Development," which helped to launch a new master's program in Management of Land and Territory. In addition, under the sponsorship of the new program he gave a University-wide lecture "What Place Private Property in a Sustainability Schema? The Legacies and Challenges of John Locke, Aldo Leopold and Garrett Hardin."

Prof. Jim LaGro is part of a team that was recently awarded a Sustainable Communities Regional Planning grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The grant provides nearly $2 million over a three-year period during which the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission and its partners will advance numerous sustainability initiatives, including promoting best practices in transit-oriented development, stormwater retention and infiltration, and greenhouse gas emission reduction.

Over a two-day period in October, Prof. Jim LaGro taught a continuing education course for licensed architects, engineers, and landscape architects in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut region. Invited by the Institute for Design Professionals, his course on Open Space Systems for the Built Environment was taught in Manhattan and Syracuse.

Prof. Ken Genskow, URPL Graduate Students Taylar Foster and Colette Hershey, and Prof. Dave Marcouiller shared their work at the Cooperative Extension State Conference held Oct. 19-21 at the Monona Terrace in Madison. Topics of their poster presentations included water basin evaluation (Ken) and recreational homes from a rural development context (Taylar, Colette and Dave).

Prof. Guangqing Chi - Mississippi State University (Ph.D. 2007) and Prof. Dave Marcouiller had two articles published in the most recent issue of the Canadian Journal of Regional Science (vol. 32, no. 3; pages 331-348 and 349-360). Both had to do with rethinking the effects of natural amenities on population change and migration. Their fine-graned empircal analysis used Wisconsin minor civil division level data over time.

The Department welcomes our Visiting Scholar Dr. Jean-Christophe Dissart who will be in residence through mid-October. Dr. Dissart (URPL Ph.D. 2003) works as a Senior Scientist with CEMAGREF-Grenoble, a public research institution in France. He is here working on issues pertinent to rural multi-functional landscapes, natural amenities and the economics of rural tourism with Prof. Dave Marcouiller and others.

The Department welcomes our Visiting Scholar Prof. Shang Tiancheng who will be in residence through August of 2011. Dr. Tiancheng is a Fulbright Scholar from the Tianjin University (CHINA) School of Management. While here, Prof. Tiancheng will be working on integrative tourism planning with a specific interest in the development of regional ecotourism carrying capacity indices..

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs is the author of two new publications.  “Social Conflict Over Property Rights: The End, A New Beginning or a Continuing Conversation?,” appears in the new issue of  Housing Policy Debate (vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 329-349); “Stop the Beach Renourishment: Is an Answer Blowin’ in the Wind?” is published in Planning and Environmental Law (vol. 62, no. 9, pp. 7-9), and is one of six solicited commentaries on the U.S. Supreme Court’s major property rights case of the 2010 session.

The Department has now launched its official group on LinkedIn, a professional networking social-media website.  Alumni and current students can join the group to (re)connect and network.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs was a featured speaker at an international conference in Aix-en-Provence, France in June.  The conference was the biennial meeting of the International Center for Research on Environmental Issues (Prof. Jacobs is a member of the Center’s scientific advisory committee); this year’s conference focused on biodiversity.  Harvey chaired the opening plenary session, and in a later session presented a paper on “Non-Regulatory Approaches to Sustainable Resource Management: 20th Century Lessons from the U.S.”

Graduate Student Melissa Whited was selected out of 16 entries as the winner of the 2010 M. Jarvin Emerson Student Paper Competition at the recent Midcontinent Regional Science Association Annual Meetings in St. Louis, MO. Her paper entitled "Economic Impact of Irrigation Water Transfers in Uvalde County Texas" earlier served as the term paper for Prof. Marcouiller's course in Regional Economic Problem Analysis (URPL/Econ/LAF 734). The honor comes with a $1,000 cash award and publication in the Association's journal.

Prof. Erwin van der Krabben of the Department of Spatial Planning, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, is visiting URPL for the summer, under the sponsorship of Harvey Jacobs.  The focus of his visit is to study urban redevelopment processes in American cities, asking what European planners can learn from the U.S. experience of using non-financial tools to facilitate the redevelopment process.  He plans to conduct case studies in Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago.

Prof. Asli Gocmen is the co-author (with Prof. Steve Ventura) of an article in the most recent issue of the Journal of the American Planning Association (vol. 76, no. 2) entitled, "Barriers to GIS Use in Planning."

In May Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs continued his participation in the activities of the International Center for Land Policy Studies and Training (of Taiwan).  He taught a one week short course as part of their 113th Regular Session on Land Policy for Sustainable Rural Development; his students were 25 mid-career professionals from 25 different countries globally.  While in Taiwan he was also invited to give a lecture at the Department of Land Economics of National Chengchi University, and to facilitate a faculty roundtable at the University’s College of Social Science.

In April 2010, Prof. Asli Gocmen was invited to give a lecture on her research on conservation subdivisions as part of the Smart Growth Seminars organized by the Department of Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. 

URPL Student Adam Smith recieves the 'Andrew Muzi Yellow Jersey Fellowship Award' sponsored by the Dane County Bicycle Association, for cycling enthusiasts enrolled in the Transportation Management and Policy Program who plan to pursue careers that promote safe, effective bicycling.

Recent Ph.D. graduate Dr. Guangqing Chi (now an Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University) and Prof. Dave Marcouiller published an article in the international journal Regional Studies on migration with a specific interest in the role of natural amenities. Two additional articles by these two authors on related topics are also forthcoming in the Canadian Journal of Regional Science.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs is co-author (with Prof. Ellen M. Bassett of Portland State University, URPL Ph.D., 2001) of an article in the April issue of Land Lines, published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.  The article, "After 'Kelo': Political Rhetoric and Policy Responses," examines the impact of state laws passed after the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court's eminent domain decision.

Prof. Harvey Jacobs was the invited plenary speaker at the first national Canadian conference on “Private Property, Planning and the Public Interest,” sponsored by the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor (Ontario) in March; his talk was titled “Private Property in Historical and Contemporary Global Context.” 

Prof. Jim LaGro recently spoke on "Climate Change, Sustainability, and the Built Environment" at the 2010 joint annual conference for the Wisconsin chapters of the American Planning Association and the American Society of Landscape Architects.  Posing the question "How will Wisconsin grow?", LaGro identified key challenges in creating more livable and climate-resilient communities, including a legacy of unsustainable land use policies and practices that compound the barriers to climate mitigation and adaptation.

Prof. Alfonso Morales spoke to the International Municipal Lawyers Association - Code Enforcement division, on the subject of community gardens and public markets. Recently his work on urban agriculture and street markets has been discussed in On Wisconsin, Wisconsin Week, and a number of other newspaper and magazines including Reuters and the Associated press.

Prof. Harvey Jacobs gave the opening keynote address to the annual Research Showcase program at the University of Florida's College of Design, Construction and Planning; his talk was titled: "Fighting Over Land and Property Rights: An American Pastime."  Harvey also delivered a CM (continuing maintenance [education]), webinar under the sponsorship of the Small Town and Rural Planning Division of the American Planning Association; it was titled "Talking the Property Rights Blues," and registered approximately 1,000 persons.

Prof. Harvey Jacobs presented the closing keynote address to the fourth annual meeting of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law and Property Rights, held in Dortmund, Germany, February 10-12, 2010.  His talk was titled: "Shaping the Property Rights Debate in the U.S. and Europe: The Influence of Neo-liberal Advocacy Organizations."

URPL welcomes Visiting Scholar Dr. Pery Francisco Assis Shikida who is a Senior Post-doctoral Fellow with the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Techological Development. Dr. Shikida specializes in the economics of ethanol production and is working with URPL Prof. Dave Marcouiller on applied research to assess regional comparative advantages of ethanol production using sugar cane (Brazil) and forest biomass (U.S. Lake States).

Prof. Jim LaGro contributed an essay on "Climate Change and Public Health" for a new book, Green Community, published jointly by the National Building Museum and the American Planning Association.  Edited by Tim Mennel and Susan Piedmont-Palladino, the book addresses the "interconnectivity of density and transportation, conservation and preservation, energy and resources, and local health and global health."   This collection of essays, written by a diverse group of international experts, examines the challenges and opportunities for planning and designing sustainable communities, and demonstrates that "creating sustainable communities is critical to the long-term health of our environment and our economy."

Prof. Harvey Jacobs traveled to Gabes, Tunisia in November where he was the invited, keynote speaker to a week-long conference for young academic and professional researchers organized by a consortium of French and Tunisian research organizations; his talk was titled “Gouvernance Publique et Propriété Privée des Ressources Naturelles” (Private Property and Public Governance of Natural Resources).

Prof. Jack Huddleston was featured in a news report from WKOW TV-27 on Wisconsin’s fiscal crisis. The video and story are available here.early November.

In November, Prof. Knut Ingar Westeren visited the Department from NORWAY. Ingar is a Professor of Economics, Organization & Management at HiNT and lectured on Knowledge Economies while working with Prof. Dave Marcouiller on a variety of regional science and tourism economics topics. Together, they are writing on the experience-scape concept with specific reference to last summer's Olav Dunn Stemnet and the "fairyland" of Western Norway.

Prof. Harvey Jacobs was an invited participant on an "experts panel" convened by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Sonoran Institute in early November and held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. The panel met to discuss the topic of Reshaping Development Patterns, specifically the problem of premature and obsolete (so-called "zombie") subdivisions in the inter-mountain west.

Prof. Harvey Jacobs was an invited participant on the opening panel of the national Future Cities 2009 conference held in Madison in early November. A copy of his remarks "The Strains on Progressive Cities" is available here.

Prof. Kurt Paulsen presented a paper, "Historical Evolution of Housing Unit Variety in the Suburbs" at The Diverse Suburb Conference at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

Prof. Alfonso Morales's research was the focus of a feature story in the October 22nd edition of Wisconsin Week, the official all campus newspaper. The full story "Street markets are this professor’s laboratory," begins by noting "Alfonso Morales didn’t sit in a library to do research for his graduate degrees." It can be read at: http://www.news.wisc.edu/17258.

Prof. Dave Marcouiller returned to Norway in July and August to conduct applied tourism planniing research on the Olav Duun Stemnet (a cultural festival in honor of novelist Olav Duun) with colleague Knut Ingar Westeren, Professor of Economics at North Trondelag Univerity College in Steinkjer. Ingar will be visiting the Department in early November to discuss his work on Knowledge Economies with the URPL/Econ/LaF 734 students ... hopefully, we will entice him to provide an URPL Faculty Lecture on a related topic while he is here. Stay tuned.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs traveled to Taiwan in late September to engage in training and deliver lectures.  Continuing his (and the Department's) long-time relationship with the International Center for Land Policy Studies and Training in Taiwan he served as a one-week lecturer as part of their six week short course on Land Policy for Sustainable Rural Development.  He was also invited to lecture at National Taipei University’s Department of Real Estate and the Built Environment; his lecture was titled “The Bark is Worse than the Bite: Legal and Social Conflict Over Expropriation after the U.S. Supreme Court's Kelo Decision” and was based on recent research undertaken with funding from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Prof. Brian Ohm has been appointed by Rod Nilsestuen, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), to the new Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) Council. The PACE program was created as part of the Wisconsin Working Lands Initiative passed by the Legislature as part of the state budget earlier this year. The Council will advise DATCP on the administration of the PACE program.

Prof. Asli Gocmen is the author of an article in the most recent issue of Journal of Planning Education and Research (vol. 29, no. 1) entitled, "Relationships between Residential Development and the Environment: Examining Resident Perspectives."

Prof. Kurt Paulsen has published a Working Paper with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy entitled "The Effects of Land Development on Municipal Finance: A Conceptual Overview," available here.

Prof. Alfonso Morales was awarded a Faculty Diversity Research Award for the Fall semster of 2009 from the University of Wisconsin-System. He will be working on his research on street markets and food systems.

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs co-hosted an official delegation from the nation of Trinidad and Tobago who came to UW for two weeks in August for a specially designed training program on land management organized through the Land Tenure Center. The delegation received lectures from Prof. Jacobs and others, and visited sites throughout the state to see how land management is undertaken by state, county, tribal, and private owners. The delegation’s goal is to draw on Wisconsin’s experience and the long-standing relationship of the Land Tenure Center with Trinidad and Tobago as they begin a new phase of land management policy and implementation for the 52% of national lands that are publicly owned.

Prof. Kurt Paulsen is a co-author of an article in the most recent issue of the journal Urban Affairs Review (vol. 45, no. 1) entitled, "Is Open-Space Preservation a Form of Exclusionary Zoning? The Evolution of Municipal Open-Space Policies in New Jersey."

Haiyan Zhong presented Urban Agglomeration Cooperation Policy in Core Region of Upper Yangtze River at the AsRES-AREUEA Joint International Conference in Los Angeles. Her presentation examines the system obstacle in the development of Chengdu-Chongqing urban agglomeration in upper Yangtze River of China, discovers the dual mechanisms, system innovation and policy guarantee in the harmonious development of regional economy.

Prof. Harvey Jacobs is the author of "Planning is Un-American! (or what to say when you are accused of being a communist)"in the June issue of the newsletter of the Small Town and Rural Planning division of the American Planning Association.

Prof. Harvey Jacobs is the author of a chapter in a new book published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy – Property Rights and Land Policies, edited by G. K. Ingram and Y-H Hong; the chapter is titled “U.S. Private Property Rights in International Perspective."

In April and May, Assistant Professor Alfonso Morales, presented work on public markets at the Project for Public Spaces Conference on Public Markets in San Francisco and at the American Planning Association Meetings in Minneapolis. Morales also delivered a keynote address at the conference, “Urban Street Vending: Economic Resistance, Integration, or Marginalization?” at the Technical University, Berlin Germany.

On May.12, 2009, Haiyan Zhong was invited by Department of Economics, University of Chicago to present with title of “Chengdu-Chongqing Urban Agglomeration-A Developing Urban Agglomeration in Western Region of China”. Based on a spatial structure perspective, her presentation showed ideas and development approaches of Chengdu-Chongqing Urban Agglomeration in western region of China. This presentation examined the evolution of rank-size distribution and spatial distribution of Chengdu-Chongqing Urban Agglomeration, and influence of 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in China on spatial structure of this region. Haiyan Zhong is a visiting scholar working with Professor Jack R. Huddleston.

Prof. Harvey Jacobs is the author of a short, commissioned essay in the May issue of Planning magazine (vol. 75, no. 5). The issue is devoted to recognizing the 100th anniversary of American planning by "Celebrating the Next 100 Years." His article is titled "Private Property in the 22nd Century" (page 24).

As part of the University Lecture Series, URPL is sponsoring a talk by Sharon Adams, Program Director of Walnut Way Corps in Milwaukee.  The title of her talk is "Building A Sustainable Neighborhood in the Inner City: The Case of Milwaukee’s Walnut Way" and will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. in Grainger Hall, room 5120 on the UW Campus.

Sharon Adams is Program Director of Walnut Way Conservation Corps in Milwaukee WI.  Her lecture will emphasize the innovative framework they employ to guide neighborhood civic, economic, and environmental practices.  The framework is premised on principles of social justice and environmental stewardship, a culture of mutual aid and peaceful negotiations, and a spirit of restorative love.  Among the components of sustainability that the Walnut Way Conservation Corp promotes is a neighborhood that fosters: opportunities for artistic expression; access to quality and affordable food; environmental stewardship; workforce and business development; civic engagement; enriching educational and social opportunities for all ages; increased spiritual, physical and mental well-being; and quality housing to serve an economically diverse population.

Walnut Way Conservation Corps recently received a 1 million dollar Zilber Neighborhood Initiative Award to help transform the 30 block area surrounding the organization.

In 2001, she and her husband, Larry Adams, launched the non-profit Walnut Way Conservation Corp.  Since then, $19 million of private housing investment has been accomplished in the neighborhood. 125 new homes have been constructed, 142 homes rehabbed, a neighborhood center has been built, and 42 rain gardens installed.

Profs. Harvey Jacobs and Kurt Paulsen are co-authors of an article in the most recent issue of the Journal of the American Planning Association (vol. 75, no. 2) devoted to celebrating the 100th anniversary of American planning (the first conference was held in 1909). Their article's title: "Property Rights: The Neglected Theme of 20th Century American Planning."

Prof. Alfonso Morales is hosting Gregg Kettles, (Loyola Law - Los Angeles) March 31 - April 1 for talks on the Food System and Planning Practice - contact Alfonso directly for more information.

Prof. Harvey Jacobs is the author of the recently published article: “An Alternative Perspective on U.S. – European Property Rights and Land Use Planning: Differences without any Substance,” in the March issue of the American Planning Association publication Planning and Environmental Law (vol. 61, no. 3, 2009, pp. 3-12).

A report co-authored by Prof. Kurt Paulsen on regional planning efforts in Pennsylvania was recently featured in an editorial by the Philadelphia Inquirer available here.

Prof. Harvey Jacobs traveled to Aalborg, Denmark in February to present a paper at the third conference of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law and Property Rights http://planninglaw2009.land.aau.dk/ .  A version of the paper is forthcoming as the lead article in the March issue of American Planning Association journal, Planning and Environmental Lawhttp://www.planning.org/pel/.

Prof. Alfonso Morales and Gregg Kettles published "Zoning for Public Markets and Street Vendors" in Zoning Practice, February 2009. They are hosting "Ask the Author" questions through March.

Prof. Jim LaGro authored an op-ed offering suggestions for the Obama administration's economic stimulus package. The article, titled "Invest in Nature's Infrastructure," is posted, here, on Planetizen.

Prof. Alfonso Morales continued his outreach by participating in "Creating Healthy Mobile Vending Policies" technical assistance call sponsored by Planning for Healthy Places.  His webpage, openair.org, is resource of the month.  See www.healthyplanning.org

Prof. Harvey Jacobs and Ed Jepson (URPL Ph.D. 1999, assistant professor, University of Tennessee) are co-authors of the entry “Regional Planning” in the recently published, second edition of the Encyclopedia of Rural America: The Land and People, G. A. Goreham, ed., Millerton, NY: Grey House Publishing, 2008, pp. 808-811.

Prof. Alfonso Morales' URPL 590 Markets and Food Systems attended the Growing Food and Justice for All conference in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Students learned about food planning related activities around the country.

In September Prof. Harvey Jacobs was invited by the Chazen Museum of Art on campus to present a talk in their series “In My View: UW Faculty Interpretations of Artworks.” where non-art faculty comment on one or more pieces in the permanent collection. His talk – “Man, Nature and Machine” – contrasted views of nature, the managed, agricultural landscape, and the industrial landscape as depicted by American and Russian painters in the 1930s and 1940s. And in October Harvey continued his and the Department’s long-standing relationship with the International Center for Land Policy Studies and Training in Taiwan by serving as a one-week lecturer for their six week short course on Land Policy for Sustainable Rural Development. He also accepted an invitation to lecture to the Institute of Natural Resource Management of National Taipei University on “Conflicts Over Land and Natural Resources in the U.S.: Social Rights vs. Individual Rights.”

Prof. Alfonso Morales will be presenting Planning for Public Markets and Street Merchants at the Upper Midwest APA conference.  His presentation will show how public markets create economic activity and a sense of place, and serve agendas beyond financial transactions. The presentation examines how markets promote economic and community development and impact local food systems by involving a greater diversity of participants. Learn about requirements for market regulation. Discover how design, infrastructure, security, and transportation influence market success.

Prof. Kurt Paulsen has completed a research report on multi-jurisdiction comprehensive planning efforts in the state of Pennsylvania.  The report was prepared for 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, a smart growth advocacy organization.  The report, entitled “Plan Regionally, Implement Locally: An Evaluation of Multi-municipal Planning and Implementation in Pennsylvania” examined 172 multi-municipal planning efforts since the “Growing Smarter” legislation in 2000.  The report provides summaries of the legislation, evaluation of planning and implementation efforts, and recommendations to improve practice in Pennsylvania.  The report summary is available at http://www.10000friends.org/growth/mmp/#planregionally

Prof. Kurt Paulsen was recently quoted in a news article from the Center for Public Integrity’s “Land Use Accountability Project.”  Professor Paulsen was quoted discussing the “curative amendment” process in Pennsylvania, whereby developers challenge exclusionary zoning in Pennsylvania.  The article can be found at: http://www.publicintegrity.org/investigations/luap/articles/entry/545/

Prof. Harvey M. Jacobs has been a featured, invited speaker at several local and national events in the last few months. In July he gave the closing address before the Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program on “Fighting Over Land and Property Rights: An American Pastime!” In June he presented the introductory talk to an invitational, international conference held by the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, “Land Policies and Property Rights”; he spoke on “U.S. Private Property Rights in International Perspective.” And in April he spoke at the annual meeting of the American Planning Association in Las Vegas, Nevada where he shared the podium for the Bettman Symposium session on “Private Property Rights, Today and Tomorrow” speaking on “Property Rights Conflicts in American Historical Perspective.”

The Wisconsin Chapter of the American Planning Association is hosting the 2008 Upper Midwest Planning Conference on September 18-19 at Monona Terrace in Madison.  The preliminary program can be found by clicking on the link below.

Prof. Brian Ohm was recently appointed by the Wisconsin Legislature to serve on the Special Committee on Regional Transportation Authority Legislative.  The Committee is directed to review and provide recommendations on how to create a statutory framework enabling local governments to create regional transportation authorities, including funding mechanisms, the method of creation, membership, scope of authority, and the types of transportation services that the authority could administer.  The Committee is comprised of legislators and citizen representatives of various interest groups.  The Committee will present its recommendaitons to the Legislature in 2009. 

In Memorium - Tim Dienger (M.S. 01), 31, the first town of Onalaska administrator and a former University of Wisconsin offensive tackle, died Sunday July 13, 2008 in La Crosse.  He received his MS in Urban and Regional Planning in 2001.  Dienger is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and their two children, Kealan, 6, and Finola, 3.

Department Ranked Highly by Planetizen

Planetizen, in collaboration with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, has released the 2009 Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs.  The program here at UW-Madison was ranked 6th by practitioners, 13th by educators, and 17th overall (and 4th in the Midwest Region) by Planetizen's editors.  Our program was also rated among the best in Environmental Planning, Land Use Planning, and Real Estate Development.  More details can be found here:http://www.planetizen.com/topschools

Prof. Jim LaGro's Site Planning class presented, on May 12, 2008, proposed design guidelines for Madison's Urban Design District 6.  The report can be accessed here

Dr. Susana Lastarria Receives UW Award

In April 2008 Dr. Susana Lastarria-Cornhiel was the recipient of the first Annual UW-Madison Outstanding Women of Color Award. Dr. Lastarria, a senior scientist in URPL and a native of Peru, shared the receipt of this award with five other women on the UW campus. 

Dr. Lastarria received her Ph.D. at UW-Madison, and spent much of her career on the staff of the Land Tenure Center.  Testimonials for the award noted her long-standing and ground breaking work connecting land rights and women’s rights in the developing world through applied research in Central and South America, Africa, and the former Soviet Union, and her influence on institutions such as the U.S. Agency for International Development and the World Bank. 

In URPL, Dr. Lastarria teaches one course per year on international development planning. She is currently working with a number of URPL students on their master’s theses.


Prof. Harvey Jacobs knighted by French Government

On March 27, 2008 Professor Harvey M. Jacobs was awarded an L’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of the Academic Palms), rank Chevalier (Knight) by the government of France.

The Palmes Académiques is one of France’s most cherished awards, dating to 1808, and is one of the world’s oldest civil awards. L’Ordre des Palmes Académiques was initiated by Napoleon to to honor eminent members of the University of Paris. In 1866, the scope of the award was widened to include major contributions to French national education made by anybody, including those who are not French citizens.

The Palmes recognizes dedication and accomplishment in the areas of teaching, scholarship and research. L’Ordre des Palmes Académiques was awarded to Prof. Jacobs for his co-leadership of the project “Environmental Policy, Land Use and Conservation Biology in Franco-American Perspective,” conducted collaboratively between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Montpellier, France, under funding from the Franco-American Cultural Exchange Foundation for French-American Academic Partnerships.

Brian Ohm recently authored a "friend of the court" brief on behalf of the American Planning Association and the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Planning Association in a significant case currently pending before the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The case entitled "Wisconsin Realtors Association v. Town of West Point" involves a challenge to the authority of local governments in Wisconsin to impose temporary moratoria on subdivisions/land divisions while a community prepares an update to its comprehensive plan. The Wisconsin Realtors Association and the Wisconsin Builders Association allege that the Town of West Point does not have the authority to impose a temporary moratoria under Wisconsin law. The APA and WAPA disagree with that interpretation and the negative impact the case could have on local government's ability to protect public health, safety and welfare. This is a case of first impression in the state of Wisconsin. A copy of the brief is available on APA's website at:http://www.planning.org/amicusbriefs/pdf/wisconsinrealtors.pdf

Harvey Jacobs is serving a second one year term with the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (the Fulbright Commission) on the panel that reviews urban planning applications for the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program. The program invites applications from senior practitioners and scholars in urban planning for short international visits under the sponsorship of universities or public agencies.

As part of his continuing European work, Prof. Jacobs will be collaborating with a frequent UW visitor, Prof. Rafael Crecente Maseda of the University of Santiago de Compostela, Lugo, in a new Spanish research program on “Decision Support Systems for Land Use Planning at the Local Level.” He will be joined by participants from Brazil, Italy, and Norway.

Closer to home, in August, Prof. Jacobs was the featured speaker to the Sensible Land Use Coalition of the Minnesota Twin Cities; his talk was part of a program on “Property Rights vs. Community Rights: Backlash or Whiplash?” Most recently Prof. Jacobs is the author of “New Actions or New Arguments over Regulatory Takings?” Yale Law Journal Pocket Part 117 (2007): 65-70; http://yalelawjournal.org/2007/09/16/jacobs.html

Harvey Jacobs is the author of one of the featured articles in the April 2007 issue of Land Lines, the quarterly magazine of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. The article "Social Conflict Over Property Rights" can be accessed via the Lincoln website athttp://www.lincolninst.edu/pubs/PubDetail.aspx?pubid=1222

In February Harvey Jacobs gave a lecture on "Social Conflict Over Property Rights: Domestic, European and Global" at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), under the joint sponsorship of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS). In March he traveled to Taiwan where he gave a lecture and participated in a research workshop at the Department of Real Estate and Built Environment of National Taipei University. In addition he continued his long-standing relationship with the International Center for Land Policy Studies and Training of Taiwan, teaching a one week short course in their 102nd Regular Session on Land Policy for Sustainable Rural Development. Later in March he traveled to Spain where he instructed a short course titled "Planning Theory, Land Policy, and Property Rights," at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Department of Agroforestry Engineering. Together with colleagues from the Netherlands, he assisted faculty in the design of new graduate degree programs in planning at the master's and Ph.D. levels.

Government Benefits from Professor's Planning Expertise

The work of Professor Brian Ohm was recently spotlighted in the Wisconsin Week, a publication of UW-Madison. To read the article, click here. Professor Ohm was also recently recognized as a "backyard hero" for his volunteer work as a founding board member of 1000 Friends of Wisconsin and in helping to create Wisconsin's 1999 comprehensive planning legislation. To read article, click here. Ohm's work on the comprehensive planning legislation was also discussed in the February 2007 issue of Planning magazine.

Professor Brian Ohm is the principle investigator of a $58,483 grant from the National Sea Grant Law Center to evaluate local strategies to manage Great Lakes coastal hazards and to develop model ordinances for local Great Lakes communities. The ordinances will incorporate recent innovations in methodologies for understanding bluff stability and computer visualization of Great Lakes coastal hazards. URPL Affiliate Faculty David Hart is the co-principal investigator on the project. 

Professor Brian Ohm is the co-principal investigator (along with Mike Adams, Emeritus Professor in Botany) of a $65,000 grant from the United States Department of Education to conduct a trans-Atlantic comparison of education about U.S. and European institutions involved in environmental policy. Ohm and Adams will be working on a comparison of the lower Elbe River in Germany with the Wisconsin River. The work will culminate in an international conference in Madison in 2008.