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Characterizing the Regional Structure in United States: A county-based analysis of labor market centrality

Categorizing places based on their network connections to other places in the regiom reveals not only population concentration but also economic dynamics that are missed in other typologies. The US Office of Management and Budget categorization of …

Demarcating Regions using Community Detection in Commuting Networks

We aim to find agglomerations of U.S. counties that are partitioned by commuting patterns by representing inter-county commuting patterns as a weighted network. We develop and use a community detection method based on the configuration model to …

Does removal of federal subsidies discourage development? An evaluation of the US Coastal Barrier Resources Act

Urban development relies on many factors to remain viable, including federal assistance with infrastructure development. The 1982 US Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CoBRA) prohibits federal financial assistance for infrastructure, post-storm disaster …

Landscape Shape Adjusted Compactness Index for Urban Areas

Smart Meters Data for Modeling and Forecasting Water Demand at the User-level

Smart meters installed at the user-level provides a new data source for managing water infrastructure. This research explores the use of machine learning methods to forecast hourly water demand using smart meter data at the user-level. Random …

Splintered Metropolitan Opportunity in the United States? Re-Examining the 'Mismatch' between Emerging Employment Centers and Distressed Neighborhoods

Land use planners and environmental advocates often argue in favor of compact growth and the consolidation of commercial activity into well-defined centers as a method to curb traffic and improve air quality. However, recent scholarship has shown …

Urban Form and Unhealthy Food Consumption

Considerable research on the risks of obesity and chronic diseases has focused on the relationships between where people live, where they shop, and the types of food they purchase. Rarely have investigators used a national sample and explicitly …

Whose plan is it anyway? Energy Planning by American Indian Tribes in the United States

Plan quality evaluations have used conformance of the plan to standards or their use in subsequent deliberations as metrics. In this study, we argue that plans could be evaluated using other criteria such as utility for different users. We use the …