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Location Affordability Portal

There is more to housing affordability than how much rent or mortgage you pay. Transportation costs are the second-biggest budget item for most families, but to date there hasn’t been an easy way for people to fully factor transportation costs into decisions about where to live and work. On November 12, HUD launched the Location Affordability Portal to provide the public with reliable, user-friendly data and resources on combined housing and transportation costs to help consumers, policymakers, and developers make more informed decisions about where to live, work, and invest. Dr. Arthur C. Nelson, Presidential Professor of City & Metropolitan Planning and Director of the Metropolitan Research Center, served on the national review panel that conceptualized and refined the web site.

The Portal is accessed here.

2012 Mayor’s Symposium a Huge Success!

This year’s symposium was focused on the Granary District of Salt Lake City. Primarily known as an industrial area of the city, the Granary District is poised to experience a renaissance in activity and development.

PhD Fellowship in Ecological Planning at University of Utah

The College of Architecture + Planning (CA+P) at the University of Utah is pleased to announce the Ecological Planning Ph.D. Fellowship for 2012-2015.

This fellowship will award $23,500 annually to a student pursuing a Ph.D. in Metropolitan Planning, Policy & Design at the cA+P. The student will also contribute to building a new university center that advances research and practice related to ecological planning.

The cA+P invites applications from students who will have completed a Masters degree in a related field such as planning, landscape architecture, ecology, environmental science, environmental humanities, or architecture by Spring 2012 and have demonstrated a strong interest in ecological planning. Applicants should send a brief letter of interest to Nan Ellin at and apply online to the Ph.D. program in Metropolitan Planning, Policy & Design by January 15, 2012.