Mobility Justice in Chicago: How has the legacy of discriminatory planning and policy manifested in barriers to travel in the third largest city in the United States? With my colleague Kate Lowe at the University of Illinois at Chicago and community partners in Equiticity and the Metropolitan Planning Commission, I am exploring multiple aspects of this question. We have projects addressing disparities in the policing of pedestrians and cyclists, transportation barriers to employment, and other nascent research.

Affordable housing, TODs, and travel: This work speaks to whether living in TODs meets the needs of affordable housing residents in terms of evaluating travel affordability, access to regional employment, and access to other opportunities compared to other affordable housing developments. The research will offer an evaluation of a regional transit agency’s progress toward meeting TOD goals of more multimodal travel and equitable access of opportunity.

Pedestrian access to transit: Pedestrian infrastructure plays a critical role in public transportation networks, filling in the “first and last miles” between transit stops and the locations that they ultimately aim to serve. But transit agencies face many barriers to ensuring this infrastructure gets built, particularly because they do not typically have the authority to make land use changes. I am working with my colleagues Linsday Braun and Bumsoo Lee to understand the institutional challenges and opportunities to pedestrian planning in Northeastern Illinois and suggest short- and long-term strategies to addressing these issues.