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A comprehensive look at Los Angeles traffic debunks common myths about the metropolitan region's traffic patterns and details the reasons why congestion is so bad -- and why it will get worse in the coming years without significant policy changes.
Building on analyses that RAND conducted between 2002 and 2004, this presentation explores the options for strengthening the physical infrastructure of a potential future independent Palestinian state.
Louisiana homeowners who sought federally-funded grants through “The Road Home” program for homes damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have had to wait more than eight months on average to receive grants.
This article presents a method for the assessment of cities' vulnerability to large-scale urban unrest. Results include a tool that will allow users to rank cities on their vulnerability to large-scale urban unrest.
In response to the current situation in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, this report provides recommendations regarding effective organizational and strategic approaches to revitalizing the city's economy.
New Orleans should craft a comprehensive economic redevelopment plan that combines public- and private-sector funding with a centralized structure.
Affordable housing recovery in three coastal counties in Mississippi heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina lags behind the pace of the rest of the housing market in the region.
Addressing Sprawl Issues and Protecting Biodiversity Can Benefit Military Bases, RAND Study Finds.
May 29, 2007 news release: Six Emerging Scholars Receive Awards from RAND Gulf States Policy Institute for Research on Key Gulf Policy Questions.
The RAND Corporation received the prestigious Urban Land Institute (ULI) Award for Excellence: The Americas, which recognizes outstanding achievement in land use practice.
February 27, 2007 News Release: RAND Study Finds Walking Is More Likely in Neighborhoods with More Four-Way Intersections, Diverse Business Mix.
It has been well recognized that urban transportation and land-use are strongly interrelated and affect air quality.
Published commentary by RAND staff: Cities Should Enlist Business in Their Battle Against Crime.
June 8, 2006 News Release: RAND Report Says Action Needed to Speed Rebuilding of Affordable Housing in Hurricane-Damaged Mississippi.
May 16, 2006 News Release: Two Directors Are Appointed in RAND Infrastructure, Safety and Environment Division.
RAND news release: RAND Study Estimates New Orleans Population to Climb to About 272,000 in 2008
Estimates the repopulation of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to guide redevelopment planning, using estimates of pre-Katrina population, current housing habitability, and future reconstruction of flood-damaged housing.
RAND news release: Los Angeles Residents Like Their Parks, but Are Most Likely to Use Those Close to Home
An examination of options and cost estimates for strengthening the housing and transportation infrastructure of a potential future independent Palestinian state in the context of a large and rapidly growing Palestinian population.
Integrated urban models are designed to simulate land-use and transportation interactions and to allow predicts of traffic volume and vehicle emissions at the link level of the urban transport network.