Associate Professor of Community and Regional Planning, Dr. Elizabeth Mueller, and her research team were named the recipients of a 2017 Scenario Planning Applications Network (SPAN) Exemplary Implementation Award for their Corridor Housing Preservation Tool. Dr. Mueller developed the tool in collaboration with Cornell University Assistant Professor (and UTSOA alumna) Jennifer Minner, UTSOA Community and Regional Planning PhD students Tom Hilde and Marla Torrado, and Cornell University PhD student Amanda Micklow, with support from the Lincoln Institute and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Former MSCRP students Cliff Kaplan and Sara McTarnaghan contributed to a prototype of the tool, and Alex Steinberger and his firm Fregonese Associates integrated the tool into their open source scenario planning software.
The Corridor Housing Preservation Tool is designed to help the local governments of rapidly developing and gentrifying metropolitan areas incorporate the preservation of existing affordable housing into housing, transportation, and economic development planning efforts by addressing three key questions:
- How much transit access to jobs does a corridor provide to low income residents?
- How many affordable rental units are vulnerable to redevelopment?
- How intense is the development pressure?
Congratulations, Dr. Mueller and team!
Learn more about the 2017 SPAN Innovation Awards here.