Jarrett Walker will be coming to UCLA on Thursday to deliver a guest lecture. Jarrett is a consultant living in Sydney, Australia, who does work on transit planning and policy. He has a professional blog at: www.humantransit.org Transit: Freedom through Geometry Much of the public debate about public transit is about technology. Should we build cheap functional things or expensive sexy ones, and if the latter, which are the sexiest? Jarrett Walker proposes that we shift our focus to the underlying geometry of transit, especially when thinking about how to design transit-oriented communities. A clearer focus on transit’s intrinsic geometry helps us diagnose some spectacular recent failures, and identify more reliable foundations for both transit and community planning. Jarrett Walker is an international consultant in public transit network design and policy. He has been a full-time consultant since 1991 and has led numerous major planning projects in North America, Australia, and New Zealand. Born in 1962, he grew up in Portland, Oregon during the revolutionary 1970s, the era when Portland first made its decisive commitment to be a city for people rather than cars. He went on to complete a BA at Pomona College (Claremont, California) and a Ph.D. in theatre arts and humanities at Stanford University. Passionately interested in an impractical number of fields, he is probably the only person with peer-reviewed publications in both the Journal of Transport Geography and Shakespeare Quarterly. In addition to Human Transit, he also writes on botany, creative writing, performing arts, and a range of other interests on his personal blog, Creature of the Shade.