Reconnecting America’s Jeff Wood has been named one of Mass Transit magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 list. Wood, who is the chief cartographer and new media director for Reconnecting America, was nominated by his peers as a professional who has made significant contributions to the public transit industry. Wood’s work was judged on criteria that included job commitment, industry involvement and contribution, achievement in his position and innovation in his field. Read More
Jeff Tumlin is a Principle at Nelson Nygaard in San Francisco focusing on sustainable transportation and urban development. In a recent project, they focused on getting Santa Monica to embrace thier congestion issues rather than insulate themselves from the problem by focusing on a no growth strategy. In the discussion below, Jeff talks about how they addressed the issue and got the city to think about thier future.
Following up on his discussion of Santa Monica deciding to take their congestion issue head on, Jeff Tumlin talks about why Santa Monica has the best collection of walkable commercial districts on the West Coast, rivaling San Francisco and Oakland, and how parts of Santa Monica can increase access to them. Additionally, you'll get a little dirt on the mobility of Hollywood producers in the 30s and 40s.
Jeff Tumlin gives his thoughts on private corporate transportation, such as tech buses in Silicon Valley and Seattle. In his opinion, it's an interesting solution to the problem of job sprawl that we see happening all over the country. But the areas have to be dense and in some instances, you'll see real estate agents noting the proximity of a property to the tech bus stop locations. You'll want to check this video out.
"If we are going to be thinking of affordable housing in this country, the broader vision of affordable living should come from our patterns of development and opportunities that already exist," writes Reconnecting America's Jeff Wood in a guest blog post over at the National Housing Conference's (NHC) "Open House" blog.
Reconnecting America’s Jeff Wood has been named one of Mass Transit magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 list. Wood, who is the chief cartographer and new media director for Reconnecting America, was nominated by his peers as a professional who has made significant contributions to the public transit industry. Wood’s work was judged on criteria that included job commitment, industry involvement and contribution, achievement in his position and innovation in his field.
The Oct. 29 VoiceAmerica Internet radio program "Going for Broke: How the NEW normal can work for you" included an interview with Reconnecting America's Jeff Wood. The program was dedicated to the reintroduction of streetcar transit back into America’s cities as a means to reduce auto congestion, leverage urban revitalization and create more livable communities.
Recently San Francisco got a slight scare. Its most famous tech company was expanding fast and needed space for new workers. However, the amount of office space needed was either split over multiple buildings or outside of the city. We often talk about the need to keep companies in cities and make sure they have incentives to stay, however this might be one of the major challenges of keeping buisinesses in the places where people can take transit or bike/walk to work. Jeff Tumlin of Nelson Nygaard discusses building floor plates and what that means for companies that want to stay in cities.
Jeff Wood, Reconnecting America New Media Director and Chief Cartographer, will address the Urban Planning Coalition Speaker Series at San Jose State University on Feb. 28. Speaking about a "Holistic Approach to TOD," Wood's presentation will touch on parcel, district, corridor, and regional scales; why TODs matter to regional development and transportation coordination; and policy implications of TODs. More information is available here.