Time and Place

The Innovative Cities Lecture Series
Time: 12:00-1:20 pm
Location: Architecture and Urban Planning Building 345

This month’s Innovative Cities Lecture will feature two lectures by Department of Urban Planning Faculty and a PhD candidate in Urban Studies.

Counting Street Crossings in Milwaukee: Development and Application of a new Pedestrian Volume Model”” presentation by Dr. Robert Schneider, PhD, AICP, Associate Professor

Lecture Summary

The Milwaukee Pedestrian Intersection Crossing Volume Model was developed for the City’s first Pedestrian Plan, adopted by Common Council in July 2019. This model uses surrounding land use characteristics to predict the annual number of pedestrian crossings at each of the city’s 4,470 intersections along major streets. Citywide, these intersections are crossed approximately 900 million times per year, with the highest volumes in Downtown Milwaukee, near UWM and Marquette, and along key commercial corridors. The model results are particularly useful for estimating pedestrian crash rates, which help to identify the types of street corridors that are good candidates for systemic pedestrian safety improvements.


Dr. Robert Schneider, PhD, AICP, is an Associate Professor in the UW-Milwaukee Department of Urban Planning. He has 20 years of experience as a transportation researcher and practitioner and has served as Chair of the Transportation Research Board Committee on Pedestrians since 2014. Dr. Schneider teaches a pedestrian and bicycle planning course and contributes to local and national conversations on active transportation.

Workers Wanted: Changing Employee Accessibility with Industrial Development ─A Case Study of Foxconn”” presentation by Dr. Ivy Hu, PhD and Sai Sun

Lecture Summary

In response to the emerging trends of manufacturing revitalization and a workforce shortage in the U.S., this study investigates changes in accessibility to industrial employees caused by the development of Foxconn in Southeast Wisconsin. Results suggest that there is a mismatch between the proposed Foxconn site and the areas with high accessibility to industrial employees. With great labor demand, Foxconn significantly reduces employee accessibility by transit in its surrounding areas, while its impact on employee accessibility by automobile is regional. The results inform workforce housing development, industrial firm locations, and transportation service provisions.


Ivy Lingqian Hu is a professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Architecture and Urban Planning. With many years’ academic training and professional experiences in urban planning, Professor Hu has accumulated multiple areas of research experience including transportation planning and policy, land use, and urban economics.


Sai Sun is a second-year doctoral student in Urban Studies Program at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Before studying in Milwaukee, she has been working as an urban planner in China for four years. Sai’s current research interests include transportation planning and travel behaviors.

Please RSVP to lewis298@uwm.edu if you plan on attending!
Pizza will be served, but you will need to provide your own beverage.
AICP-CM credits will be awarded.

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Need Directions?

Get directions to The School of Architecture and Urban Planning building at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is located at 2131 East Hartford Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Questions, comments?

All lectures are free and open to planners, students, staff, faculty, and friends of the University.
Please contact Michael Lewis , Department of Urban Planning Project Assistant at lewis298@uwm.edu