December 2015: MURP News and Faculty Updates

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December 2015

  • Austin Troy, professor and chair of the Department of Planning and Design, published an article with Ashley Nunery and J. Morgan Grove, “The relationship between residential yard management and neighborhood crime: An analysis from Baltimore City and County,” in Landscape and Urban Planning (Volume 147, March 2016) that finds that active front yard landscaping is associated with lower crime.
  • Andrew Rumbach, assistant professor in the Department of Planning and Design, has two recent publications. He contributed several chapters to Rebuilding Community After Katrinaedited by John Forester and Ken Reardon, about planning education and disaster recovery in New Orleans. His article “Decentralization and Small Cities: Towards More Effective Urban Disaster Governance?” will be published in the March 2016 issue of the journalHabitat International. In the article Rumbach explores the impacts of government decentralization on the management of urban disaster risk in West Bengal, India.
  • Ken Schroeppel, Department of Planning and Design instructor and founder of the DenverInfill  and DenverUrbanism blogs, and the students in his two Planning Methods classes this fall were the subject of David Sachs’ entry “CU Denver Urban Planning Students Fill in Blanks on Denver’s Walkability” in Streetsblog Denver on December 15.  The students studied East Colfax and its surrounding neighborhoods from Broadway to Colorado Boulevard. They interviewed people, collected demographic information, cataloged the built environment, and rated intersections and sidewalks for a real client, WalkDenver.