As reported in The Guardian, the US spends twice as much on a tax break for the rich as on rent for the poorest. Dr. Steven Bourassa comments on the fact that the US spent $60bn in 2015 on the mortgage interest deduction for wealthy homeowners – while just a quarter of those needing housing assistance receive it. Read the article
CUES Director John L. Renne was quoted in an article about All Aboard Florida’s Brightline high-speed rail transportation between West Palm Beach and Miami. Read the article
On NPR’s All Things Considered, host Robert Siegel interviewed CUES Director Dr. John Renne on the topic Florida Prepares To Evacuate Residents Ahead Of Hurricane Irma.
CUES director John Renne was featured in the Fall 2017 issue of Owl Research & Innovation (page 39). In partnership with the Florida Center for Environmental Studies (CES), CUES invited the cities of Hollywood and West Palm Beach to participate in the inaugural FAU Incubator for Resilient & Sustainable Communities to address the challenges of climate change and aging infrastructure.
CUES faculty John Renne and assistant professor Louis Merlin were named as leading researchers in the field of transportation (page 20) along with Eric Dumbaugh, associate director of the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety, co-directing the National University Transportation Center with the goal of improving road safety (page 17).
CUES Director John Renne, Ph.D., AICP, was appointed by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to chair the Mobility Committee for Southeast Florida and the Caribbean District Council. ULI staff is excited for Renne to take a leadership role in helping to envision a future strategy for transportation and land use policy for South Florida and to look for opportunities to expand their work to issues across the Caribbean. Renne has also been appointed to Miami-Dade County Urban Expansion Area Task Force. This group will advise the county on containing or expanding urban growth.
CUES Director John Renne, PhD, AICP contributed to an article in the Wall Street Journal on June 27, 2017: A Florida Rail Project Breaks New Ground by Heidi Mitchell. The article reports on Brightline, the private-public partnership passenger rail project which is the first of its kind built in the U.S. in a century. Read the article
A letter supporting the Wave streetcar in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, written by Dr. John Renne, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, appeared in the Sun Sentinel.
Assembled by the FAU Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) staff, graduate assistants, and volunteers, “The Megaphone” is a re-purposed shipping container that has been turned into a creative hub that amplifies the voice of the Sistrunk community in downtown Fort Lauderdale. While exchanging local knowledge through mapping everyday stories of place, the CUES project team is developing planning tool kits that support and promote industries that lead to a “Made in Sistrunk” mentality.
The School of Urban and Regional Planning is very pleased to welcome John Renne, Ph.D., AICP, who has been appointed Associate Professor. Read more