Jennifer Evans-Cowley

Jennifer Evans-Cowley
University of North Texas | UNT

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September 2001 - present
The Ohio State University
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Publications (65)
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The uses of information and communication technologies (ICT) and planning support systems (PSS) are expanding and diversifying in planning practice. The availability of technology is transforming the ways in which planning education can be delivered, as well as the pedagogical methods available to planning educators to prepare the next generation o...
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Planning educators orient students to a profession that is continually evolving in relation to technological change. In this chapter we examine five areas of innovation with technology for planning education. These innovation areas include: 1) expansion in the means of delivery and access to planning courses, 2) new means of organizing university-b...
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Planning educators are increasingly using technology in city and regional planning programs. This chapter covers the many ways in which planning classrooms have changed—from the expansion of online content to fully online degrees. Students and faculty are now able to more effectively engage in the challenges of cities and create plans that are resp...
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The abundance of online public participation tools has made it difficult for planning organizations to decide which tool will best meet their needs. Understanding the benefits or challenges of specific tools, facilitation requirements, or how individual tools may best advance the public participation aims is not always easy. This article builds on...
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This invited essay discusses the closure of the PLANET listserv in March 2016 following controversy over issues of inclusivity and civil discourse, and the subsequent creation of the Planners 2040 discussion group on Facebook.1 As the original faculty members who launched Planners 2040, we appreciate the opportunity to share our perspectives regard...
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While several scholars have discussed the role of neighbourhood groups and local communities in neighbourhood planning processes, there is still a lack of understanding regarding the capacity of online neighbourhood forums in these processes. Focusing on three Facebook neighbourhood groups, this study employs survey and content analysis methods to...
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This editorial explores the potential of social media and mobile technologies to foster citizen engagement and participation in urban planning. We argue that there is a lot of wishful thinking, but little empirically validated knowledge in this emerging field of study. We outline key developments and pay attention to larger societal and political t...
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The number of worldwide mobile device users is increasing rapidly, as are the number of applications to serve these devices. Urban planners have the opportunity to use a wide array of mobile applications to increase productivity, share information, and engage with the public. This chapter explores a number of mobile applications that can add value...
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We present a new method for analyzing spatial variation in the cost of a balanced diet, as an alternative to food desert classification. Our specific hypothesis is that the cost of a balanced diet varies according to where one lives, as a function of travel and food item costs. We collected price data for the USDA Thrifty Food Plan from approximate...
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In one of the first visual preference surveys to use Google Street View, adult students viewed a series of paired images of city streets and were asked to choose which image they preferred for riding a bicycle. Subsequent analyses showed differences by continent in respondents' preferences. Discrete choice models were used to demonstrate the extent...
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The number of worldwide mobile device users is increasing rapidly, as are the number of applications to serve these devices. Urban planners have the opportunity to use an array of mobile applications to increase productivity, share information, and engage with the public. This article explores a number of mobile applications that can add value to t...
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TechniCity (Technology and Cities) offered in May, 2013 was the first city planning Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). More than 21,000 students registered for the course, which was composed of video lectures, projects, assignments, peer evaluation, and on-line discussion over a four week period. This MOOC experimented with using field based learni...
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Experts suggest that technology developers are playing a key role in developing and advancing cities. A number of apps have been introduced to help citizens in shaping their experience in the cities. Technology developers and citizens are using technology to engage and improve urban environments and experiences. Experts state that city planners nee...
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Following a major natural disaster, many turn to social media to communicate about their situation and try to seek help in disaster recovery. With millions of social media posts, it can be difficult for disaster management organizations to tap into these immense social networks to find the data needed and to connect individuals to networks that can...
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It can be challenging to understand the key factors that guide pedestrians’ street-design preferences. Visual surveys offer one tool to understand the public’s perceptions of place. In what is one of the first visual preference surveys using Google Street View, adult students viewed a series of paired slides of images of intersections on the Ohio S...
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Food waste presents a great challenge for the efficiency of food systems and for solid waste management. Many solid waste management strategies can be used for managing food waste in the food system, but their implementation depends on local factors. Strategies must also be modified or designed to accommodate local needs and unique circumstances. T...
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In what is one of the first visual preference surveys using Google Street View, adult students viewed a series of paired slides of image of city streets. Participants were asked to choose which image from the pair they preferred based on which street they would prefer to ride a bicycle. Subsequent analyses showed that differences in continent of th...
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Transportation planning processes may be enhanced and plans improved by engaging the community through social media technologies. "Microparticipation" means the engagement of the public with social media methods for the purpose of maximizing the information going into a planning process while minimizing the plan's development time and the cost to t...
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On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, there was a low landfill diversion rate for food waste. This study examined the food system to determine how diversion rates could be increased. Subjects of study included the supply chain from production, distribution, retail, consumption and post-consumption. Through working with stakeholders throughout the food sys...
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The Mississippi Gulf Coast is famous for its shrimp, oysters, and crabs. Seafood is an essential part of both the culture and the diet of coastal residents. The last five years have been hard on the seafood industry, due first to Hurricane Katrina, then the national recession, and then the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In the five years following th...
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The number of mobile device users is increasing rapidly and the number of applications to serve these applications is also rising. Urban planners have the opportunity to use a wide array of mobile applications to increase productivity, share information, and engage with the public. This article explores a number of mobile applications that can have...
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The Mississippi Gulf Coast is famous for its shrimp, oysters, and crabs. Seafood is an essential part of both the culture and the diet of coastal residents. The last five years have been hard on the seafood industry, first with Hurricane Katrina, then the national recession, and then the Deep water Horizon oil spill. In the five years following the...
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Planners are challenged to engage the public in meaningful ways to shape planning processes. There has been rapid growth in the use of online social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, and planners are struggling to understand how best to use these technologies to engage the public. This study examines more than 49,000 microblogs posted...
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City and regional planners are continually considering how best to engage the public in planning processes. The Internet provides a medium to engage them using a variety of tools and models. Recent intellectual advances in crowd wisdom have led to the development of web-based tools to support problem solving. Crowdsourcing has emerged as a web-base...
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The mobile phone has transformed life in the city. Using them, individuals can both receive information about their surroundings through location-based services and contribute to the city as a system. They can participate by sharing location, text, photos, or video about the conditions of the city. This article explores the literature surrounding m...
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There has been rapid growth in the use of online social networking sites, such as Facebook. The public is increasingly using these sites for organizing around place-based issues. This research examines the extent to which the public and planners are using social networking sites to organize the public around place-based planning issues. Using conte...
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Immediately following Hurricane Katrina, the Mississippi Governor’s Commission for Recovery, Rebuilding, and Renewal collaborated with the Congress for the New Urbanism to generate rebuilding proposals for the Mississippi Gulf Coast. One of the ideas generated from this partnership was the Katrina Cottage - a small home that could improve upon the...
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Urban Tomography is a novel application of mobile smartphone technology, designed to enable pervasive dense documentation of city life by many smartphone users at the same time and provide an automatically-archived historical record of places in time. Besides social-scientific inquiry and research, the system might enable community residents to doc...
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Since the advocacy planners of the 1960s first brought widespread public participation to the planning process, there have been innovations and improvements. However, the participation practices in the real world, with its face-to-face politics of difference and unequal power relations, are flawed. Today, technology allows for an entirely new gener...
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Municipalities that plan have both a legal obligation and a professional directive to incorporate citizens into the planning process, but garnering sufficient and diverse citizen participation is often a struggle. Online participation tools as a component of e-government provide a potential venue for enhancing the participation process. However, e-...
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Immediately following Hurricane Katrina, the Mississippi Governor's Commission for Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal partnered with the Congress for the New Urbanism to provide teams of planners and designers to work with communities along the coast in preparing rebuilding plans. Following a week-long charrette in October 2005, each coastal communit...
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This study explores innovations in big-box retail development driven by both public and private sector initiatives. It includes a survey of planners in US cities asking about the presence and extent of big-box developments, how the cities approached regulating them, and innovations that retailers are undertaking. The results revealed that many citi...
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This paper examines the effects of impact fees on housing prices using data from 46,420 properties in 63 Texas cities, 38 of which impose an impact fee. After controlling for self-selection of the imposition of the impact fee, findings indicate that the prices for both new and existing homes in areas with impact fees are 1.44% and 6.5% higher, resp...
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Immediately following Hurricane Katrina, the Mississippi Governor's Commission for Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal provided planning teams to work with coastal communities to prepare long-range rebuilding plans followed by further community-initiated plans. Eighteen months after Katrina, this paper examines the degree to which environmental protec...
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This article describes an empowerment planning process that brought residents, public officials, and university students together in Harrison County, Mississippi, following the devastation that Hurricane Katrina brought to this community in August 2005. The participants in this process worked to develop solutions to several critical problems involv...
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In response to the increase in oversized houses and plats, this paper reports the results of a survey of 103 US cities about the presence and extent of McMansion houses (infill and greenfield plats) and on their approaches to regulation. With a response rate of 57%, the results revealed that many cities have McMansions and some have adopted regulat...
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E-government tools provide municipal planning departments with an alternative means to inform and engage their citizenry. We examine the use of information and communication technology e-government tools to promote citizen participation in the planning process. The analysis is based on an examination of municipal planning-related websites for the 5...
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The study reported here examined the use of zoning for growth management in Ohio townships. Data were obtained from a survey of 252 township officials. The results showed that 59% of townships are using zoning, primarily due to citizen support. Zoned townships are using a variety of zoning techniques to assist in managing land use change and growth...
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If the rapid expansion of the world's leading retailer, Wal-Mart, is any indication, the large-scale retail format known as "big-box" will have a growing impact on communities across the U.S. and around the globe. Consider: In 2004, 82 percent of United States households made a purchase at a Wal-Mart store (CNBC 2005). Wal-Mart is the nation's larg...
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Municipal planning departments often struggle to provide citizen participation opportunities that are informative and engaging. E-government tools hold the potential to enhance traditional forms of citizen participation. This paper examines the use of information and communication technology e-government tools to promote citizen participation in th...
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This paper presents an empirical analysis of the effect of impact fees on the value of land used in residential development. A random effects model is estimated to examine the relationship between impact fees and land values using forty-three Texas cities that impose impact fees. Prior research suggests that higher impact fees result in higher lot...
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The Internet is increasingly being used by both citizens and governments for the transfer of information. There is a need to extend access to municipal websites to the portion of the population with disabilities. In 1998, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was amended by Congress to require federal government agencies and those agencies...
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In the City of Amarillo, Texas, more than 5,000 objects of a unique form of art-yard signs are located on individual properties. We used a windshield survey to identify 2,311 such signs and sent questionnaires to a random selection of 394 residents with the signs and 696 of their neighbors. We asked how often they encountered the signs and their op...
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According to the National Academy of Public Administration, e-governance can be defined as "the transformation of governance processes resulting from the continual and exponential introduction into society of more advanced digital technologies. E-governance focuses on how these new technologies can be used to strengthen the public's voice as a forc...
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Telecommunications infrastructure is growing in importance across the United States. In the past, this infrastructure was largely invisible. Today, however, telecom hotels have emerged as a visible form of downtown infrastructure. This study explores the reaction of communities to the development of telecom hotels in downtowns. A few cities have fo...
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Since the 1970s, development impact fees have emerged as a way to pass the cost of new infrastructure to the development community. Although development impact fees intend to transfer the burden of infrastructure provision to the developer, it is widely believed that the homebuyer ultimately absorbs the cost through inflated housing and land prices...
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The city of Amarillo, Texas, is unusual in that more than 5,000 art objects in the form of signs are displayed on individual properties. These signs represent a unique partnership between the public and a wealthy individual, Stanley Marsh 3, who subsidizes them. Through a field survey of 723 signs and a questionnaire mailed to 98 residents with sig...
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Beginning in 1999, many planning departments in large cities across the United States began seeing multiple development applications for the conversion of downtown buildings into telecommunications facilities, commonly called telecom hotels. Most of these cities had never heard of or seen this type of use before. For the most part, cities decided t...
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This article considers the impact that the use of impact development fees has on the level of capital investment made by local governments in the United States. Using a sample of 85 cities, we find that the use of fees is associated with lower levels of capital spending. The data also reveal that the debt-to-expenditure ratio for these cities is as...
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This article describes a course in the City and Regional Planning program at the Ohio State University. Its overarching goal was to offer service-learning by providing students with an opportunity to apply what they learned in the classroom by meeting community needs following Hurricane Katrina and to reflect on their experiences through journaling...

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