MA, City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley
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Daniel Carlson is a senior lecturer whose work focuses on the areas of community and economic development and transportation and land use. He is the co-author (with Cy Ulberg and Lisa Wormser) of At Road's End: Transportation and Land Use Choices for Communities (Island Press, 1995), a book that examines present transportation paradigms and case studies from around the country, which model change toward holistic transportation planning. Carlson is also the author of Reusing America's Schools (Preservation Press, 1991), which highlights adaptive use of closed schools for community development. His study, with Evans School graduate Don Billen (MPA '96), Transportation Corridor Management: Are We Linking Transportation and Land Use Yet? (1996) focuses specifically on innovations and lessons learned from transportation corridor management in regions across the country.

Carlson has also recently co-authored several studies and grants on transportation concurrency, demand management, and commute trip reduction at the regional and state levels in Washington State. Some of these studies include Options For Making Concurrency More Multimodal, The Eastside Transportation Concurrency Project,WSDOT'S Role In Transportation Demand Management, The CTR Performance Grant Program: Strengthening The Program's Structure and Market and Homeless Student Transportation Project Evaluation

Dan is the evaluator for Seattle’s HUD Challenge Grant, Community Cornerstones, a three year effort to prevent displacement in Southeast Seattle. With colleagues from the Evans School, Carlson has provided advice, assistance, and evaluation to the City of Seattle's Enterprise Community program and the community development corporations working in the city's most distressed neighborhoods. He has also developed neighborhood revitalization strategies for the International, Central, Southeast, Delridge, and Pioneer Square communities that were adopted by the City Council.

On the regional/metropolitan level, Carlson and Paul Sommers have prepared two studies for the Brookings Institution: Ten Steps to a High Tech Future: The New Economy in Metropolitan Seattle and What the IT Revolution means for Regional Economic Development. The studies provide new understanding about the high tech sector, its urban/suburban location preferences, and the role public officials can play in attracting and benefiting from high tech firms. Carlson and Shishir Mathur authored a chapter "Does Growth Management Aid or Thwart the Provision of Affordable Housing?" in the book Growth Management and Affordable Housing: Do they Conflict? (Brookings Institution, 2004). Carlson's research on Turning Regional Visions Into Regional Results led to a collaboration with the Wallace Stegner Center on Land Resources and the Environment and a February 2001 symposium on the topic.

A skilled facilitator, Carlson led a Transportation Pricing Working Group of elected officials and stakeholders from the developer, environment, labor, and business communities as a joint project of the Puget Sound Regional Council and The Forum at the Evans School. He facilitated a regional fare integration forum for the Regional Transit Authority which successfully reached agreement amongst the five transit operating agencies in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Carlson is an experienced focus group leader, recently employing this qualitative research method to learn about housing needs in the university community, residents' experiences at the New Holly Hope VI development, and to learn from truck drivers who work in dense urban areas.

In his consulting practice, Carlson provides services to public and nonprofit agencies involved in community development activities. He works with community development corporations and their intermediaries to develop strategic and business plans. He has developed an economic element for the City of Bainbridge Island's comprehensive plan, and developed Tacoma School District's Facilities Plan.

Carlson draws on 40 years of experience in the public and nonprofit sectors as a big city mayoral aide, foundation executive director, county planner, educator, applied researcher and small businessperson. He is a board member of the White Center Community Development Association.

Professional Title: 
Senior Lecturer
Community and Economic Development
Land Use
Strategic and Resource Management Planning
Recent Publications: 
Courses taught: 
  • PBAF 544: Land Use & Transportation Policy
  • PBAF 566: Community Economic Development