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Renia Ehrenfeucht

  • Chair, Professor

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Education

  • Ph.D., Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Master of Urban Planning, University of Washington, Seattle

Research

  • The social production of the built environment
  • Public space, especially sidewalks
  • Shrinking cities

Renia Ehrenfeucht is a Professor and the Chair of the Community + Regional Planning Department at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture + Planning.

Dr. Ehrenfeucht is inspired by all transformational social action to create socially just and equitable institutions, environmentally sustainable societies, and vibrant economies that sustain cultural differences as well as traditional and new ways of life. Her research and teaching is motivated by the belief that committed social action can dismantle colonialism and racism and create ways of living that respect diverse people and all species.

Her research explores how people reshape built environments. One focus is public spaces and the politics of everyday life, examining how ordinary spaces and local institutions influence people’s opportunities in diverse environments. She has written about food trucks, street work and Airbnb as moments to explore urban transformation in work, daily life and the right to the street. She also studies shrinking cities and how people, places and institutions respond to population loss. In this area, she has written about disaster recovery in New Orleans as a shrinking city and the reasons that people choose to live in shrinking cities which often have limited amenities and work opportunities.

Her books include Sidewalks: Conflict and Negotiation in Public Space (with Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris) and Urban Revitalization: Remaking Cities in a Changing World (with Carl Grodach). She also has written numerous journal articles which are listed under Scholarship + Publications.

 

Dr. Ehrenfeucht teaching interests include the history of cities in global perspective, comparative approaches to urban planning theory and practice (including environmental planning and historic preservation planning), history and theory of urban design, land use planning, urban theory, contemporary urban issues and public sector responses, the built urban environment, everyday urbanism, and research design and methods.

Recent Courses

Community Growth and Land Use Planning

The Housing Process

 

Journal articles

Renia Ehrenfeucht and Marla Nelson, "Moving to a Shrinking City? Some Suggestive Observations on Why College-Educated Professionals Came to New Orleans and Why They Stayed," Urban Studies DOI:10.1177/0042098017720883, 2017

Renia Ehrenfeucht, 2017, "Do Food Trucks and Pedestrians Conflict on Urban Streets," Journal of Urban Design 22(2): 273-290.

Kate Lowe and Renia Ehrenfeucht, 2017, "Derailed Values: Planning Education, External Funding, and Environmental Justice in New Orleans Rail Planning, Journal of Planning Education and Research," online first: DOI: 10.1177/0739456X17712810

Renia Ehrenfeucht, Ian Riekes Trivers and Casey Schreiber, 2016, "Towards Sustainable Urban Forms in Shrinking Cities? The Impacts of Rental Housing Configuration in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina," Journal of Architectural and Planning Research 33(2): 121-139.

Renia Ehrenfeucht, 2016, "Designing Fair and Effective Street Vending Policy: It’s Time for a New Approach," Cityscape 18(1): 11-26. 

Renia Ehrenfeucht, 2014, "Art, Public Spaces and Private Property along the Streets in New Orleans," Urban Geography 35(7): 965-979. DOI:10.1080/02723638.2014.945260.

Renia Ehrenfeucht, 2013, "Nonconformity and Street Design in West Hollywood, California," Journal of Urban Design 18(1): 59-77. DOI:10.1080/13574809.2013.739500.

Renia Ehrenfeucht and Marla Nelson, 2013, "Young Professionals as Ambivalent Change Agents in New Orleans after the 2005 Hurricanes," Urban Studies 50(4): 825-841. DOI: 10.1177/0042098012452323.

Renia Ehrenfeucht, 2012, "Precursors to Planning the Streets of Los Angeles, California, c 1880-1920," Journal of Planning History 11(2): 107-123. DOI:10.1177/1538513211428275.

Renia Ehrenfeucht and Marla Nelson, 2011, "Planning, Population Loss and Equity in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina," Planning Practice and Research 26(2): 129-146. DOI:10.1080/02697459.2011.560457.

Renia Ehrenfeucht and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, 2010, "Planning Urban Sidewalks: Infrastructure, Daily Life, and Destinations," Journal of Urban Design 15(4): 459–471. DOI:10.1080/13574809.2010.502333.

Evelyn Blumenberg and Renia Ehrenfeucht, 2008, "Civil Liberties and the Regulation of Public Space: The Case of Sidewalks in Las Vegas," Environment and Planning A 40(2): 303-322. DOI:10.1068/a37429.

Renia Ehrenfeucht and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, 2007, "Constructing the Sidewalk: Municipal Government and the Production of Public Space in Los Angeles, 1880–1920," Journal of Historical Geography 33(1): 104-124.

Marla Nelson, Renia Ehrenfeucht and Shirley Laska, 2007, "Planning, Plans and People: Professional Expertise, Local Knowledge and Governmental Action in Post-Katrina New Orleans," Cityscape 9(3): 23-53 [Invited].

Books

Carl Grodach and Renia Ehrenfeucht, 2016. Urban Revitalization: Remaking Cities in a Changing World (textbook), Routledge.

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris and Renia Ehrenfeucht, 2009, Sidewalks: Conflict and Negotiation over Public Space, The MIT Press. Paperback published in 2012.

Book chapters

Renia Ehrenfeucht and Ana Croegaert, 2017, "Learning from New Orleans: Will Revising or Relaxing Public Space Ordinances Create a Just Environment for Street Commerce," in From Loncheras to Lobsta Love: Food Trucks, Cultural Identity and Social Justice, edited by Julian Agyeman, Caitlin Matthews, and Hannah Sobel, The MIT Press.

Renia Ehrenfeucht, 2017, "Restructuring Public Landscapes in Gentrifying New Orleans", in Cities as Multiple Landscapes, edited by Christina Antenhofer and Robert Dupont, The University of Chicago Press.

Marla Nelson and Renia Ehrenfeucht, 2016, "Moving to Safety: Opportunities to Reduce Vulnerability through Relocation and Resettlement Policy," in How Cities Will Save the World: Urban Innovation in the Face of Population Flows, Climate Change and Economic Inequality, edited by Ray Brescia and John Travis Marshall, Routledge.

Renia Ehrenfeucht and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, 2014, "The Irreconcilable Tension between Dwelling in Public and the Regulatory State," in The Informal American City: Beyond Day Labor and Taco Trucks, edited by Vinit Mukhija and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, The MIT Press.

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris and Renia Ehrenfeucht, 2014, “'This Is My Front Yard!' Claims and Informal Property Rights on Sidewalks," in The Informal American City: Beyond Day Labor and Taco Trucks, edited by Vinit Mukhija and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, The MIT Press.

Renia Ehrenfeucht and Marla Nelson, 2013, "Recovery in a Shrinking City: Challenges to ‘Rightsizing’ Post-Katrina New Orleans," in The City after Abandonment, edited by Margaret Dewar and June Manning Thomas, University of Pennsylvania Press.

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Evelyn Blumenberg and Renia Ehrenfeucht, 2004, "Sidewalk Democracy: Municipalities and the Regulation of Public Space," in Regulating Place: Standards and the Shaping of Urban America, edited by Eran Ben-Joseph and Terry Szwold, Routledge.


Albuquerque Affordable Housing Coalition

Mayors Institute on City Design, West Regional Meeting, Albuquerque NM, Sept 28 – 30, 2016, Resource Team Member

Future Ground Design and Policy Competition, sponsored by the Van Alen Institute and New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, Aug 2014 – May 2015, Juror and Future Team Member


Published Bibliographies

Gentrification, Oxford Bibliographies in "Geography". Ed. EIC Barney Warf. New York: Oxford University Press, 6-27-2017. DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780199874002-0162.

Urban Planning and Geography, Oxford Bibliographies in "Geography". Ed. EIC Barney Warf. New York: Oxford University Press, 8-26-2013. DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780199874002-0080.

Professional Publications

"Moving Beyond the Mobile Myth: Preserving Manufactured Housing Communities", published by the Grounded Solutions Network

Report: "Walking in the City, Sponsoring Agency US DOT through the Gulf Coast Research Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency," Project 11-11, June 2013 (with Justice McPherson)

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris and Renia Ehrenfeucht, 2010, "Vibrant Sidewalks in the United States: Reintegrating Walking and a Quintessential Social Realm", ACCESS 36: 22-29 (with Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris)

Book Reviews

"Walking in Cities: Quotidian Mobility as Urban Theory, Method and Practice," American Journal of Sociology 122(6): 1991-1993, 2017

"The Inevitable City: The Resurgence of New Orleans and the Future of Urban America," Journal of Urban Affairs, online first: DOI: 10.1111/juaf.12231, 2015

"My Storm: Managing the Recovery of New Orleans in the Wage of Katrina," Journal of Urban Affairs 35(4): 493–500, 2013

"City Rules: How Regulations Affect Urban Form," Annals of the Association of American Geographers (102(6): 1535-1537, 2012

"Beyond Preservation: Using Public History to Revitalize Inner Cities," Journal of Historical Geography 37: 394-395, 2011

"The Los Angeles Plaza: Sacred and Contested Space," Journal of Historical Geography 36: 111-112, 2010.

"Rethinking Urban Parks: Public Space and Cultural Diversity," Urban Affairs Review 43: 125-128, 2007.