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Shane is a Masters student at the University of Southern California and an advocate for cities where cars are optional, housing is affordable, and residents are safe and healthy. Follow him on Twitter at @shanedphillips.
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Shane Phillips is a student at the University of Southern California working on a Masters program in Public Administration and Urban Planning. His focus is transportation and land use, with a special interest in how our public institutions are structured to either promote or discourage safer, healthier, more economically vibrant and environmentally sustainable communities. He also writes about these topics at his blog, Better Institutions.

Originally from the Seattle area, Shane now lives in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles and has been car-free for more than five years. In addition to school, he also works as a Junior Associate at Urban One, a real estate and transportation project management firm located in Downtown LA. His background is in biochemical research and he developed a passion for urbanism through his interest in public health, but his writing and his interests now extend to the economic, social, spatial, and environmental impacts of urban planning and policy.

Shane can be reached at shanedphillips@gmail.com and on twitter at @shanedphillips.

Recent Posts

Blog post
January 5, 2015, 10am PST
Rideshares like Uber and Lyft have been under attack for their brash approach to local regulations and laissez-faire pricing schemes, but they've also pushed traditional taxis to dramatically improve their service in a very short span of time.
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Blog post
May 7, 2014, 6am PDT
A "Race to the Top" proposal for HUD to help off-set the difficulties of delivering affordable housing in high-priced, high-mobility metros.
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Blog post
April 8, 2014, 5am PDT
The 2014 National Realtor's Survey asked consumers for preferences in housing and neighborhood types. Although preferences trended toward the suburban, the number of people who want to live in urban areas is under-supplied by multi-family housing.
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Blog post
February 28, 2014, 5am PST
Insurance coverage hasn’t kept up with the cost of medical care and property damage caused by crashes. And whether we drive or not, when someone can’t pay for the damage they’ve done, we all have to pick up the tab.
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Blog post
February 14, 2014, 6am PST
Workers with long commutes are more likely to be be tired and stressed at work, and businesses are learning that they often make for less productive employees.
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Blog post
January 29, 2014, 12pm PST
If we really want more people to use transit, and we think it's a worthwhile goal to subsidize people's commutes, why go through all the trouble of tax deductions and employer control? Why not just subsidize transit passes directly?
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Blog post
January 20, 2014, 10am PST

Besides wasting billions of taxpayer dollars, road-building may actually be holding back economic growth overall.

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Blog post
December 30, 2013, 2pm PST
A fascinating new study found that drivers perceive exactly the same things more negatively than those who walk, bike, or take transit. These findings have a few interesting implications.
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Blog post
December 18, 2013, 3pm PST
While there's no denying the fact that the number of children in many American cities has declined, it's untrue that urban life is incompatible with raising a family, or that families in cities are being replaced by singles and childless couples.
Shane Phillips
Blog post
December 2, 2013, 4pm PST
As the housing market recovers, are we back to the McMansion-binges of the 2000s? Or, are we growing just a little bit smarter?
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