UPPP108: Cities & Transportation: select a municipality of your interest from the given list of cities

Throughout this course, you have explored the complex spatial organization of built environments and socioeconomic activities in large metropolitan areas and the dynamics of urban development processes. Among others, attention has been paid to the critical roles of transportation in connecting various parts of metropolitan areas and shaping development processes. As a part of the course requirements, you are tasked to produce a report with a focus on a city in Southern California. More specifically, you need to

1) select a municipality of your interest from the given list of cities (see p.2)

2) review/analyze the profile of the selected municipality by utilizing multiple sources of information, including a. local profiles of SCAG jurisdictions, developed by the Southern California Association of Governments, available at http://www.scag.ca.gov/DataAndTools/Pages/LocalProfiles.aspx b. journey-to-work matrix of the region, provided by the instructor c. other sources of information (optional)

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3) write a report (1200~2000 words) that (i) briefly describes the selected city, (ii) explains its unique characteristics and interactions with other localities in the region by interpreting available statistics and other relevant information, and (iii) discusses the city’s development/planning issues and possible solutions. Your report should NOT be a simple description or reiteration of the statistics or other readily available information. It needs to be a useful and creative interpretation of the facts associated with the selected city. Please use data tables and/or figures in an effective manner, when appropriate. Grading will be based on the following criteria: – Interpretation (50%): completeness and originality of the analysis/interpretation – Argumentation (30%): validity of the overall reasoning, including discussions – Documentation (20%): clarity in documentation or graphical presentation

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