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Examining Neighborhood Change through the Lens of Place-keeping: A Parallel Case Study of Three Inner City Communities in Los Angeles
Vasquez, Maritza (2024)
This research paper contributes to the field of place-keeping literature, offering insights for understanding the preservation of physical settings and culture within marginalized communities amidst the prevailing focus on place-making in planning. Through a case study of three neighborhoods - Echo Park, Chinatown, and Westlake in Los Angeles - this research delves into the dynamics of gentrification, particularly focusing on Westlake. As new development plans coincide with mega-event planning and other city planning initiatives, predominantly minority communities face increased vulnerability. While gentrification in Westlake has received less attention, it appears to mirror patterns observed in similar minority neighborhoods like Echo Park and Chinatown. Across these communities, historic struggles for place-keeping highlight the importance of resistance and resilience against the pace of change through community engagement and space (re)activation by adding utility to ordinary, neglected, or underutilized spaces. These strategies offer valuable lessons for urban planners and other local government officials seeking to provide support and a safety net for vulnerable communities to create models for sustainable and equitable development.
Tick Blitz Data Collection Sheet
Foley, Nicole (2024)
This is the field collection sheet you will use each day you sample for ticks.
Returning Kits Instructions 2024
Foley, Nicole (2024)
Here are instructions on what items in the kit you will keep and which you will return.
Virtue Ethics: A Foundational Framework for Administrative Ethics
Kim, Sahun (2024-05-09)
This thesis investigates how virtue ethics can be a foundational framework for administrative ethics, focusing on its potential to improve the ethical behavior of public administrators amidst challenges that may diminish government accountability. The study begins by identifying the pressing need for a robust moral foundation within government agencies to enhance accountability and public trust. The literature review covers various ethical theories and approaches, highlighting the lack of consensus on the best normative foundation while positioning virtue ethics as a promising yet underexplored alternative. The thesis scrutinizes the concept of the "virtuous person," illustrating the impossibility of perfect virtue and the necessity of adopting a framework that acknowledges the journey toward moral excellence. By framing the concept of a "virtuous person" as a mathematical limit, this thesis addresses the criticism regarding the impossibility of achieving moral perfection. Instead, it emphasizes continuous moral development as a more practical goal for public administrators. This theoretical foundation is then connected to practice by exploring the role of independent critique, changing societal standards, and the organizational context. Through these lenses, the study demonstrates how public administrators can strive toward moral excellence by continuously improving their ethical decision-making, fostering accountability, and creating ethical environments in their agencies.