A Closer Look with Esteban Doyle
Winner of the Ed McClure Award for Best Masters Paper
The Ed McClure Award recognizes superior scholarship in a paper prepared by a masters student in an ACSP-member school. Submissions may address any topic of investigation generated in the course of pursuing a master’s degree in urban/city/community/town/regional planning.
The 2019 winner of the Ed McClure Award for Best Masters Student Paper is Esteban Doyle, University of California, Los Angeles.
The 2019 Ed McClure Award Committee Chair, Joshua Drucker, had to say about Esteban and his winning paper,
"The Ed McClure Award this year is presented to Esteban Doyle for his paper 'The Unequal Dangers of Walking to School.' Doyle conducts a thorough quantitative analysis of child pedestrian and bicycle crashes in Los Angeles, relating their occurrence to neighborhood and built environment characteristics. Among other discoveries, he concludes that such collisions tend to be concentrated in predominantly low-income, Hispanic/Latino, and African-American communities. The members of the award committee were impressed with the comprehensive exposition of the topic; the multimethod research design combining data from several independent sources; and the consequence of the findings for configuring planning interventions to improve child, pedestrian, and cyclist safety. Doyle is a master’s student at the University of California, Los Angeles, and wrote the paper for the course Transportation and Economic Outcomes."
Here's "A Closer Look" at our award winner:
Q: How did you feel when you learned you won?
A: I was in the process of moving when I received the email and did not read it until later that day. It took me by surprise and I didn't know how to react. I was excited and grateful for this opportunity.
Q: Who do you want to thank, if anyone?
A: I would like to thank Professor Evelyn Blumenberg. Dr. Blumenberg was the instructor for the course I completed this research project for. She provided valuable feedback on improving my methodology and writing, and she nominated my work for this award. I am grateful for her mentorship and guidance. I also would like to thank the faculty of Urban Planning program at UCLA for teaching me the analytical skills necessary to complete this project.
Q: What inspired you about this project?
A: For too long, many cities in the U.S. have prioritized cars at the expense of the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. Furthermore, the risk for collisions is not the same across race and class. In this research project I wanted to better understand which neighborhoods have the highest concentrations of traffic collisions, and try to see which solutions planners can implement to reduce these collisions. If planners want to reach goals of zero traffic fatalities and promote active transportation to school to combat childhood obesity, then planners need to better understand where they need to focus their efforts.
Q: What's next?
A: I recently moved to Philadelphia to start a new job in the private sector focusing on transportation planning and engineering. I hope to take the ideas I learned from my research and try to implement solutions to make our cities safer.