PSU Transportation Seminar: Streets are for People! Livable Streets 2.0 and Five Decades of the Conflict, Power and Promise of our Streets

Friday, May 31, 2024, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. We've opened up PSU Transportation Seminars to other days of the week, but the format is the same: Feel free to bring your lunch! If you can't join us in person, you can always watch online via Zoom.


Streets constitute the majority of our urban public spaces, yet we struggle everyday with how they should be designed and operated for travel, safety, and livability.

In 1969, when Dr. Bruce Appleyard was 4 years old, he was hit by a car and nearly killed. Around that time his father, Donald Appleyard, started work on what would become Livable Streets, published in 1981 – a ground-breaking and seminal work, the product of more than a decade of rigorous research and thoughtful analysis that would uncover the ill effects of traffic and laying out the seminal arguments that streets are for people.

On September 23, 1982, a year after Livable Streets was published, Donald Appleyard was killed by a speeding, drunk driver in Athens, Greece—it was never reprinted. And so it goes, one of the most important books on street safety and livability was itself bookended by two horrific events of traffic violence. In 2021, Dr. Bruce Appleyard published an updated version,...

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Webinar: Building Capacity in Gateway Communities through the GNAR Academy

Wednesday, June 12, 2024, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT


Small towns and cities near national parks, public lands, and other natural amenities across the West are experiencing rapid growth and increased tourism. As we have documented via our prior NITC-funded research, this has created a range of big city challenges for these “gateway communities,” particularly in the form of interconnected transportation, land use, and housing issues. Seeking to help gateway communities better prepare for and respond to their transportation and planning challenges, the Gateway and Natural Amenity Region (GNAR) Initiative team translated the findings from our research on planning and development challenges in gateway communities into an online learning program.

This program, the "GNAR Academy Fundamentals: Foundations for Planning and Collaboration in Gateway Communities and Regions" includes seven modules, each of which highlights key skills for addressing transportation and planning issues in gateway communities. This Fundamentals course will be an entry point for the rest of the GNAR Academy, which is currently in development.

In this webinar, we will introduce the GNAR Academy and Fundamentals course, explain how the course was developed, and share how we anticipate the course will result in improved transportation, planning, and development decisions in gateway communities and regions...

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Transportation Data Education: SQL Workshop

Monday, June 17, 2024, 1:00pm PDT to Thursday, June 20, 2024, 4:30pm PDT

Join us for a three day introductory in-person workshop on databases and SQL

June 17, 18, and 20, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Each day will be a combination of a lecture and practical. We will cover:

  • Introduction to relational databases.
  • Structured query language (SQL).
  • How to setup a PostgreSQL database on your local machine and use it to analyze data.

Software Requirements

You will be expected to bring your own laptop and have all required software installed prior to the workshop. If you are using a work-issued laptop, you will most likely need administrator privileges to install the following required software:


General: $325
Non-profit and community-based organizations: $125
PSU Students: $10 


This three-day workshop is eligible for 9 hours of professional...

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