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Visiting Scholar assessing street addressing systems

Post and photo by Sara Abraham-Oxford

Maher AlshammariDr. Maher Alshammari, a visiting scholar at the School of Urban and Public Affairs, is somewhat acquainted with SUPA faculty and the UTA campus. Alshammari earned a Master of City and Regional Planning degree as well as a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Pubic Policy from SUPA. He is currently on sabbatical leave from his position as Assistant Professor at the University of Dammam in Saudi Arabia.

While at SUPA, the scholar is working on his research titled “A Comprehensive Street Addressing System for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: An Exploratory Study of Replicating the US System in the Kingdom.” He will examine the challenges of improving the system for identifying buildings, streets and neighborhoods in Saudi Arabia; evaluate previous approaches to the system; and review the system used in the U.S. Additionally, Alshammari will use a survey to identify elements of an ideal addressing system suitable for Saudi Arabia. The research goal is to determine how a well-organized street addressing system could serve Saudi Arabia.

Alshammari particularly appreciates the guidance of Professor Ard Anjomani, who was the chair of his dissertation committee, as well as the resources available through the Institute of Urban Studies and the UTA Library, while he works on his research. He will be at SUPA until January 2015.

Wealth indicators and healthy cities

by Joanne Lovito-Nelson

According to Brian Guenzel, Director of the Institute of Urban Studies, wealth is “one of the strongest social determinants for predicting health outcomes.”

In a story by Leslie Barker, staff writer for The Dallas Morning News, Guenzel discusses the role of wealth indicators in determining the health of cities.

The story, titled “With its trails, air quality, accessibility to grocery stores, Colleyville ranks high in health,” focuses on the City of Colleyville, Texas.

Photo courtesy City of Colleyville parks and recreation web page

According to the article, “Colleyville also has the distinction — taking into account such factors as fitness facilities and grocery stores per capita, miles of trails, air quality, lifetime cancer risk — of being named Healthiest Neighborhood through data analyzed by The Dallas Morning News.”

The full article can be accessed at Neighborsgo, a weekly community newspaper published by The Dallas Morning News.

Institute of Urban Studies plans improvements for Kaufman

IUS representatives met with Kaufman city officials on a recent visit. See more photos below.

The City of Kaufman, Texas, has contracted with the School of Urban and Public Affairs’ Institute of Urban Studies to help improve Kaufman’s historic downtown and central business district. Representatives from the Institute have met with Kaufman city officials and will gather public input before developing a portfolio of design scenarios aimed at attracting tourist activity and new businesses to the area.

The Institute of Urban Studies conducts applied research and delivers customized planning and management assistance to clients, like Kaufman, across Texas.