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Shane Phillips

Shane Phillips is an urban planner and policy expert based in Los Angeles. He is currently managing the UCLA Lewis Center Housing Initiative and teaching public policy as an adjunct instructor at the University of Southern California. Phillips previously worked as the Director of Public Policy for Central City Association, a Downtown LA business advocacy organization, and has held roles with the Los Angeles Streetcar project and in City Hall. He has kept a blog on housing and transportation issues, Better Institutions, for many years (betterinstitutions.com).

Affordable City

ASU Stardust Center Event -- The Affordable City

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 1:00pm PDT

Shane Phillips is an urban planner and policy expert, currently leading the UCLA Lewis Center Housing Initiative and teaching public policy as an adjunct instructor at USC. Phillips previously served as...

Shane Phillips is an urban planner and policy expert, currently leading the UCLA Lewis Center Housing Initiative and teaching public policy as an adjunct instructor at USC. Phillips previously served as director of public policy for Central City Association, a Downtown LA business advocacy organization. He writes a popular blog on housing and transportation issues, Better Institutions.

US cities are struggling to address the twin crises of high housing costs and household instability. Debates over the appropriate course of action have been defined by two poles: building more housing or enacting stronger tenant protections. In his new book, The Affordable City, Phillips argues against this false dichotomy and offers tools for professionals seeking to improve affordability and increase community resilience through local action.

Moderated by ASU urban planner and sustainability scientist Deirdre Pfeiffer.

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SPUR Phillips Event

Smart Growth Network Webinar -- The Affordable City: Strategies for Putting Housing Within Reach (and Keeping it There)

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 1:00pm EDT

As communities struggle to address rising housing costs and household instability, the debate often centers on solutions such as increased housing construction and stronger tenant protections. 

As communities struggle to address rising housing costs and household instability, the debate often centers on solutions such as increased housing construction and stronger tenant protections. 

Join the Maryland Department of Planning and the Smart Growth Network at 1 p.m. Eastern, Tuesday, October 13, as Shane Phillips, author of the new book, The Affordable City, explores the roles that tenant protections, housing supply, and subsidies can play in the effort to make communities more affordable and accessible. 

Phillips will examine concrete actions -- including rezoning, rent control, housing vouchers, density bonuses, homeownership programs and others -- that housing advocates and policymakers can work to enact in their communities.

Participants of the live webinar are eligible for 1.5 AICP CM credits.

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Ticco retreat

Day 2 of Current Events: A Virtual Retreat -- Co-Hosted by Ticco and Island Press

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 11:00am EDT

Climate change continues to pose a serious threat to both urban and rural areas nationwide. How can our work and the programs we create help these places adapt and remain resilient in the face of related challenges?

Ticco retreats are a...

Climate change continues to pose a serious threat to both urban and rural areas nationwide. How can our work and the programs we create help these places adapt and remain resilient in the face of related challenges?

Ticco retreats are a way to manifest a few of the core Ticco values - breaking barriers that divide city building practices and supporting the education of future leaders in our fields.

At this virtual retreat, sessions will dive into current research as well as tools and strategies to shape our practice in light of our changing environment. Topics covered will include items such as:

  • Housing and Racial Justice
  • Whiteness in Environmental Advocacy
  • Mentor Power Hour: Starting a Climate-Based Business: From Nonprofit to For Profit, Everything you Need to Know
  • Trump Administration Policies: Their Impact on the Battle Against Climate Change
  • Greening the Trade: How we can Reduce the Output of Building Construction and Renovation

Speakers include: 

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