1C <p>The Urban Freight Landscape</p>

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The Urban Freight Landscape

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Topic Area

Sustainable Urban Freight

P.I. Name & Address

Director of Research, IFSTTAR, French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks - University of Paris-East
14-20 boulevard Newton, Cite Descartes
77447 Marne la Vallee cedex 2
Professor; Margaret and John Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government; Senior Associate Dean for Research and Technology; Director, METRANS , Sol Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California
650 Childs Way
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall (RGL) 216
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
United States
Postdoctoral Research Associate, College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs
The University of Texas at Arlington
601 W. Nedderman Drive
Suite 203
Arlington, TX 76019-0108
United States
Professor; Van Horne Researcher in Transportation and Logistics, Global Studies and Geography; University Transportation Research Center, Region 2 (UTRC)
Hofstra University; University of Calgary
100 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
United States

This research develops the concept of an urban freight landscape:  the spatial pattern of freight supply, demand, and flows within a metropolitan area.  Using a standard urban economics framework, we hypothesize that density and land prices are related to the characteristics and intensity of freight flows.  Using the data collected in Project 1A for Los Angeles, we estimate freight intensity as a function of population and employment characteristics. The work has two motivations:  the absence of a theory of urban freight flows, and the lack of data.  Developing a model that predicts freight flows from widely available data will provide a new tool for predicting and understanding urban freight dynamics.