A Day in Pre-History

One of the best things about UCLA is the incredible faculty. Every member of our faculty is very accomplished and they are incredibly smart people. Of course, there are a few stars. I have the privilege of taking a geography class with Jared Diamond. Professor Diamond has written New York Times bestsellers including Guns Germs…

“Carmageddon”: A False Alarm

This past weekend was the widely-feared and highly-publicized “Carmageddon” that was forecasted to leave West LA (and possibly other parts of Los Angeles) in total gridlock and utter chaos.  Delays would have been due to redirected traffic of a normal July weekend (roughly 500,000 cars) around a 10-mile stretch of a major arterial in West…

A Day in the Real World of Urban Planning Geography

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Transportation Geography class I am taking this session promised a day-long field trip to Los Angeles International Airport (known to Angelenos as “LAX”) and the Port of Long Beach.  In fact, this past Wednesday was our lucky day!  It began at Flight Path Learning Center, a small…