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- ItemOpen AccessEquity in Transportation Planning(2020-07) Linovski, OrlyCommunity groups have often identified transportation equity and accessibility as a critical issue, yet the opacity and technical requirements of the transportation planning process can make it difficult to engage on these issues. This research assessed the potential for building community-based capacity as a way to advance equity-focused transportation planning and advocacy. Through a partnership with the Healthy Transportation Coalition, an Ottawa-based advocacy coalition, this community-based participatory research was co-led by a Community Leader Steering Group, representing equity-deserving groups. Over the course of the project, we (1) developed training workshops on transportation equity and metrics; (2) undertook a public survey of transportation equity goals and values, with over 500 responses; and (3) conducted focus groups with elected officials and professional staff to better understand the barriers to implementing equitable processes. The main findings underscored disconnects between academic, professional and community-based understandings of equity; a lack of meaningful engagement with equity-deserving groups; and misalignments between community needs and funding priorities. The report includes best practices for assessing transportation equity, engaging with equity-deserving communities, and developing equitable policies.
- ItemOpen AccessCAFE Summary Report(Canadian Council of University Schools of Architecture (CCUSA), 2020-09) Landrum, LisaThe Canadian Architecture Forums on Education were part of a year-long outreach project to discuss and debate the role of architectural education and research in shaping Canada’s future. Modes of exchange included five in-person forums at five schools of architecture between October 2019 and March 2020, and related online consultations and knowledge mobilization. The knowledge and ideas mobilized through these forums aimed to inform the development of an inaugural architecture policy for Canada. The forums enabled students, educators, and academic researchers to play meaningful roles in shaping a policy framework, its priorities, ambition, and depth of vision. The CAFÉ Summary Report provides an overview of the forums, their structure and purpose, presentation summaries, analysis of feedback from the consultations and online survey, a record of manifesto submissions and winners, as well as related resources and credits.
- ItemOpen AccessPublic Transit and Equity-Deserving Groups: Understanding Lived Experiences(2021-12) Linovski, Orly; Dorries, Heather; Simpson, Sheryl-AnnThere has been significant work on transportation equity over the past 40 years, often prioritizing quantitative and modelling approaches. In contrast, this study draws on research on lived experiences, with a focus on equity-deserving groups. We find that the lived experiences of equity-deserving groups are well documented, in both the academic literature, and in work by community-based organizations, non-profits and advocacy groups. Four cross-cutting themes were observed across equity-deserving groups: poor or absent transit service; unaffordability of transit fares; policing and enforcement; and safety. The research demonstrated that poor and unaffordable transit impacts equity-deserving groups in wide-ranging ways, such as restricting access to healthcare, education and employment; limiting support for people experiencing domestic violence; and, reducing the ability of people to access social services, visit with family and friends, and participate in cultural activities.