4.1b <p>Spatial Dynamics of Warehousing and Distribution</p>

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Project Summary

Spatial Dynamics of Warehousing and Distribution

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Topic Area

Sustainable Urban Freight

P.I. Name & Address

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

We are conducting research on the spatial dynamics of warehousing and distribution in the Los Angeles region.  We are exploring various data sources.  There is no reliable data source that provides employment or establishment data with detailed industry sector and at small spatial scale.  We are testing reliability of alternative data sources to determine trade-offs between spatial scale, industry sector detail, and accuracy.  The research question is whether warehouse and distribution decentralization leads to more truck VMT in a region where such activity has a substantial import/export component.