"Thirsty Chinese Cities Getting Drier as Skyscrapers Rise," Environment: Yale Magazine, Fall 2008
"We Are Not 'The Next Silicon Valley'," Crosscut.com, February 2008
"Seattle's Transportation Malaise is Nothing Special," Crosscut.com, December 2007
"Amazon Joins a Parade of High-Tech to the Urban Core," Crosscut.com, December 2007
"Building Better 'Burbs," Stanford Report, September 2007
"Dems Aim to Repeat Success in the West," Associated Press, December 2006.
PodTech Weekly: Tech Abroad, from India to Iran, December 9, 2006
"How the North American West is One," Stanford News Service, Fall 2005.
"Schwarzenegger: The Newest Progressive," with Jon Christensen. High Country News, March 2005.
"Terrorists May Alter the Face of Urban America," Public Affairs Report, Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California at Berkeley, December 2001.
Cities and Regions in a Global Innovation Economy. 2008 briefing book written for the International Regions Benchmarking Consortium, a collaborative research effort among nine economically dynamic metropolitan regions from Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America.
Meeting the Global Challenge. 2006 report for the University of Washington that outlines the connections between higher education and dynamic communities and regional economies.
“Learning from History: How State and Local Policy Choices Have Shaped Philadelphia’s Growth.” Historical analysis of the tax and land use policies that have reinforced the city-suburb divide in this major metropolitan region. Appeared in the Greater Philadelphia Regional Review, March 2002.
Fight or Flight: Metropolitan Philadelphia and its Future. Pennsylvania Economy League, 2001. This publication received major press coverage in the regional media and spurred new conversations about governmental and civic collaboration. Awarded prizes by the American Society of Landscape Architects and national communications organizations.
Moving Beyond Sprawl: The Challenge for Metropolitan Atlanta. This report, supported by the Turner Foundation and the Brookings Institution, analyzed the roots and consequences of unbalanced growth and economic segregation in the Atlanta region, and presented some prescriptions for change. Published 1998.
Selected talks and presentations
West Coast Poverty Center, University of Washington
Center for History, Society, and Culture, University of California at Davis
Metropolitan History Workshop, University of Michigan
Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
Sustainable Built Environment Seminar on "Building for a Better World," Stanford University
John S. Knight Fellowship Program for Professional Journalists
Miller Center for Public Affairs, University of Virginia VIDEO
The University of Pennsylvania Institute for Urban Research
Conference on "The Future Metropolitan Landscape," University of California at Berkeley
The Public Policy Institute of California
Stanford Law School Environmental Law Workshop
The Johns Hopkins University History of Science and Technology Colloquium
Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University
Newberry Library Seminar on Technology, Politics, & Culture
Stanford Historical Society NEWS ARTICLE
Social Science History Institute Seminar, Stanford University
Berkeley Center for Globalization and Information Technology
Direct Democracy in the West: Historical Roots and Political Realities
Starting West: The Region’s Image and Identity in National Media and Culture
On the Edge: Metropolitan Growth and Western Environments
Land Use Planning Then and Now: Learning from History
Policy History Conference (panel organizer, presenter, chair and comment)
Urban History Association Conference (plenary organizer; chair and comment; presenter)
Organization of American Historians (panel organizer and chair; presenter)
American Historical Association - Pacific Coast Branch (chair and comment)
Social Science History Association (book roundtable subject; panel organizer; presenter)
Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting (presenter)
Society for American City and Regional Planning History (presenter)