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Professional Preparation

    • 1996 Ph.D. in EconomicsUniversity of Massachusetts-Amherst
    • 1985 Master's Degree in Regional PlanningUniversity of Massachusetts-Amherst
    • 1979 Bachelor's of Arts in GeographyUniversity of California-Santa Barbara

Appointments

    • 2004 to 2009 Graduate Program Director, Master's in City and Regional Planning
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • 2003 to 2009 Graduate Program Director, Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • 2002 to Present Associate Professor-School of Urban and Public Affairs
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Aug 1994 to Aug 2002 Assistant Professor-School of Urban and Public Affairs
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • 1993 to 1994 Visiting Assistant Professor-School of Urban and Public Affairs
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • 1988 to 1989 Planner
      Lawrence Planning Consultants, Pasadena, CA
    • 1987 to 1987 Instructor-Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning
      University of Massachusetts-Amherst
    • 1984 to 1990 Teaching Assistant-Department of Economics
      University of Massachusetts
    • 1983 to 1986 Planner
      City Office of Industrial Affairs, Holyoke, MA
    • 1983 to 1983 Researcher
      Regional Science Research Institute, Amherst, MA

Memberships

  • Membership
    • Aug 1990 to Present The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP)
    • Aug 1984 to Present Association for Economic and Social Analysis

Awards and Honors

    • Dec  1900 Piper Professor Award sponsored by Piper Professor Award
      Description:

      Five-time nominee for state-wide award given for outstanding teaching and exemplary service to tenured or tenure-track faculty from Texas two and four-year colleges and universities, public and private. Nominated in:

      2006-07 (not received)

      2005-06 (not received)

      2000-01 (not received)

      1998-99 (not received)

      and 1997-98 (not received)

News Articles

    • Councilor advocates living wage for contract labor
      By Margaret Allen - Staff Writer

      Dallas will require private contractors who supply the city with garbage collectors, janitors and lawn care workers to increase the wages they pay if City Council member Angela Hunt gets her way.

      The Dallas City Council will be briefed May 7 on paying a "living wage" to laborers it hires through third-party providers, said Hunt, who represents council District 14.

      Hunt said she wants an ordinance passed in the next few months, but only after council members discuss the issue. Key to the process is a formal city staff briefing, and a background report being prepared now by graduate students at the School of Urban/Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington.

      The issue surfaced in late 2007 with the city's renewal of a contract with CTJ Maintenance in Irving for day laborers. Hunt is disturbed that the people are earning only the federal minimum wage, now $5.85 an hour.

      "That's personally very troubling to me," she said. "To me it's not just a matter of insulting, but economics. No one can support a family on the federal minimum wage."

      The city has third-party labor contracts for janitorial services, temporary labor and security services, according to a Dallas city staff document supplied Feb. 20 to council members.

      More than 150 cities and counties nationwide have so-called "living wage ordinances," said Jen Kern, director of the Living Wage Resource Center in Washington D.C. They change by area, based on local costs, especially housing. No city or county in Texas has such an ordinance, Kern said.

      Living-wage critics, including Carl F. Horowitz at the National Legal and Policy Center in Falls Church, Va., say setting a living-wage standard only benefits public-sector unionized employees because cities will reduce contract labor. It would be better to build the skills of the poor, Horowitz has said in published writings.

      The living-wage movement is a backlash against Congress, which didn’t raise minimum wage for 10 years until 2007, said Enid Arvidson, an associate professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.

      "Minimum-wage workers make less now, in real terms, than in 1994, in terms of buying power," she said. "So a lot of cities have taken it on themselves to rectify (that situation)."

      In real terms, the federal minimum wage is well below its historical value, said Jared Bernstein, senior economist with the Economic Policy Institute in Washington D.C. Minimum wage is not adjusted for inflation, so it declines in value every year. Minimum wage value, in today's dollars, peaked at $8 an hour in the late 1960s, Bernstein said.

      Bernstein said cities and counties paying a living wage have seen little impact on their budgets because the added cost is fairly insignificant.

      "Cities are saying, 'We want our money spent on a higher quality of jobs,'" Bernstein said. "(A living wage) is a useful intervention to try and put money into the pockets of a small group of workers who perform important services."

      Sources couldn't supply a living-wage figure for North Texas. Austin-based Universal Living Wage Campaign says living wage there is $13.19 an hour to keep a one-bedroom apartment, and $10.90 for an efficiency.

      The City of Dallas' largest user of low-wage contract labor is its sanitation services department. It hires more than 100 people a day to pick up garbage and litter and distribute fliers, said Director Mary Nix.

      CTJ Maintenance gets $7.89 an hour for each laborer, then pays minimum wage, any benefits and worker's compensation, Nix said.

      By City of Dallas policy, permanent part-time employees get $8.16 an hour. Increasing city contracts to that would bump contract labor costs up by $683,465 annually, said the briefing. To cover it, the city could increase sanitation fees by 17 cents a month from $19.53 to $19.70, and increase the tax rate by 2 cents for other general fund contracts, the briefing says.

      "That's a much more direct route than this trickle down," Hunt said. "Why don't we just address this issue a little more directly and a little more fairly? These are not handouts."

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    • Lobbyist reigns on local TIF projects
      By John Tedesco 
        
      Jim Mattox is a former Texas attorney general working on a housing development on the South Side. David Earl is a top lobbyist with intimate knowledge of City Hall. What do they have in common? Your money.

      In recent years, Earl has become the go-to guy for developers who seek subsidies from a city program called tax increment financing, or TIF. Under the program, the City Council creates special districts that capture property taxes from new growth. That money is the "increment" that pays back developers for streets, sidewalks and other infrastructure costs.

      Among the beneficiaries is Mattox, a developer building a planned 3,200-home community called Mission Del Lago. The project, which is behind schedule, originally was projected to generate $134 million in TIF revenue over two decades. A big chunk of that money could pay for the city's administrative costs and for two new schools for the Southside School District. The remaining sum — possibly tens of millions of dollars — goes to Mattox's business, which agreed to pay Earl a 10 percent cut of the TIF revenue, according to a contract obtained by the San Antonio Express-News.

      One tape-recorded conversation between Mattox and his business partner suggests County Commissioner Robert Tejeda got Earl a job with the project in exchange for favorable county financing terms. "He and David Earl basically, you know, have kind of a love-in-type of situation where the commissioner thanks Earl for all the million different things he can do for him and all the money he's raised for him," Mattox said in an April 2002 tape-recorded conversation.

      Both Earl and Tejeda deny the insinuations...

      ...The city got a crash course in TIF when the Spurs tried to create a tax district in 1998 to cover costs for a new arena at the LQuarry. The plan failed. Since then, however, TIF has become one of San Antonio's most frequently used development tools, thanks to Earl and his clients. With his deep influence in local politics, the lobbyist dominates the local TIF market. Out of 26 projects, Earl has a hand in 18, most of which are awaiting approval from City Hall.

      Earl's clients say the lobbyist and his staff make it easier for developers to cut through red tape...

      The king at work

      Earl is pushing for TIF zones at a time when some City Council members have been accused of cozying up to lobbyists. Council members, who must approve each reinvestment zone, have received nearly $40,000 in campaign contributions from Earl since 1998, records show. Last year, officials paid special attention to one Earl client, Hugo Gutierrez, for his proposed TIF project, the Village at West Pointe...

      ...But the project raised eyebrows.

      Under state law, TIF zones often are used to fix slums, dilapidated streets, vacant land with bad drainage or poor platting, and dead commercial districts. Gutierrez and Earl argued that mobile homes were spreading near the 2,700-acre West Pointe site, meeting the definition of blight. But their own paperwork in the TIF application noted the area's affluence and growth potential...

      ...Enid Arvidson, a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington who has studied the use of TIF districts in Texas, said she was unfamiliar with West Pointe but added it's risky putting reinvestment zones in high-growth areas. "The law was intended for revitalization, but (TIF zones are) being used for development in areas that probably would have developed anyway," Arvidson said. In such cases, developers pocket money that would have gone to government coffers...

      ...Earl criticized Mayor Ed Garza for what he described as red tape that has entangled West Pointe. But publicly, Garza endorsed West Pointe — TIF subsidy and all.  "That's the kind of project that I will support," said Garza, who was an early supporter of tax increment financing as a city councilman. For too long, San Antonio has been marred by strip malls and cookie-cutter neighborhoods, Garza said, and the city must shift gears, even if tax subsidies are necessary to prod developers.  "That's been the mentality of our city for three or four decades: Grow at any cost without any regard to these communities being sustainable," Garza said.  Whether West Pointe lives up to the ideals of New Urbanism is an open question. Experts who reviewed its plans for the Express-News said that in some places, the designs look like a normal subdivision...

Research and Expertise

  • Research Interests
    Urban and regional theory
    Urban political economy
    Postmodern urban theory
    Planning theory

Publications

      Encyclopedia Entry 2016
      • E. Arvidson and R. Cole. “Devolution.” In American Governance, ed. Stephen L. Schechter. 5 vols. Detroit: Macmillan.

        {Encyclopedia Entry} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2013
      • Arvidson, E. "Beyond Economism? Or Beyond Economics: Urban Political Economy and the Challenge of a Postmodern Marxism.".
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2012
      • E. Arvidson, S.P. Mattingly, A. Sinprasertkool, & S. Ardekani. "Assessment of Sustainable Infrastructure: The Case of Exurban Dallas." Journal of Transportation Research Forum, Fall 2012.

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Conference Paper 2010
      Journal Article 2010
      • Mattingly, A. Sinpraskertkool, S. Elsaigh Smith, E. Arvidson, and S. A. Ardekani. "Criteria Selection for Evaluating Sustainable Development: Environmental Justice, Land Value and Transportation." Transprtation Research Record (2010).
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Technical Report 2010
      • E. Arvidson, et al. 2010. Economic Analysis and Planning Study for Kennedale, TX. Arlington, TX: Institute of Urban Studies.
        {Technical Report} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Technical Report 2009
      • Mattingly, A. S., Smith, S. E., Arvidson, E., & Ardekani, S. A. (2009). Sustainable Development Impact Study. Arlington, TX: North Central Texas Council of Governments.

        {Technical Report} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Book Chapter 2001
      • Arvidson, R. C. & Hissong, R. (2001). Texas TIFs: A Survey and Case Study. In C. Johnson and J. Man. (Eds.), Tax Increment Financing and Economic Development: Uses, Structures, and Impact. Albany: SUNY Press.
        {Book Chapter} [Refereed/Juried]

      Book Chapter 2000
      • Arvidson, E. "Los Angeles: a postmodern class mapping." Class and Its Others, edited by J.K. Gibson-Graham, S. Resnick, and R. Wolff, Minneapolis: UM Press, 2000.

        {Book Chapter} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 1999
      • Arvidson, E. (1999). Remapping Los Angeles, or, taking the risk of class in postmodern urban theory. Economic Geography, 75(2).
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      1999
      • Arvidson, E. & Galster, G. (1999). "Introduction" to special issue on Urban Policy Devolution in the Americas: Downsizing, Abdication, and Metropolitan Destinies. Journal of Urban Affairs, 21(2).
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      1999
      • Arvidson, E., Cole, R., & Hissong, R. (1999). Devolution: Where's the Revolution?. Publius, 29(4).
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Book Review 1998
      • Arvidson, Enid. "Review of The New Urban Frontier: Gentrification and the Revanchist City by Neil Smith." Review of The New Urban Frontier: Gentrification and the Revanchist City.International Planning Studies 3, no 1, 1998.
        {Book Review} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 1995
      • Arvidson, E. (1995). Cognitive Mapping and Class Politics: Towards a Nondeterminist Image of the City. Rethinking Marxism: A Journal of Economics, Culture and Society, 8(2).
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

Support & Funding

This data is entered manually by the author of the profile and may duplicate data in the Sponsored Projects section.
    • Jan 2009 to Jan 2009 Sustainable Development Impact Study sponsored by  - $80000
    • Jan 1998 to Jan 1998 Rethinking Class Restructuring in Global Cities: Evidence from Los Angeles and Dallas sponsored by  - $10000

Students Supervised

Courses

      • PLAN 5303-001 PLANNING HISTORY, THEORY AND ETHICS

        This course introduces students to various ways of theorizing what planners do when they practice planning. The course surveys a variety of different theories, or “paradigms,” used by planners in carrying out and explaining their practice, including rational comprehensive planning, communicative action, advocacy planning, radical planning, and others. In explaining the content of each approach, the course also considers the historical, social, intellectual contexts in which these approaches arose and which condition their existence. In the process of studying the various planning approaches, we also evaluate the different approaches for their underlying values and social consequences. Insodoing, students are encouraged to become aware of their own values and to reflect on the ethical, social, political consequences of the various different ways of practicing planning.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • CIRP 5303-001 PLANNING HISTORY, THEORY AND ETHICS

        This course introduces students to various ways of understanding what planners do when they “do” planning. The course surveys a variety of different theories, or “paradigms,” used by planners in carrying out and explaining their practice, including rational comprehensive planning, communicative action, advocacy planning, radical planning, and others.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • URPA 5344-001 QUALITATIVE METHODS

        Cross-listed with CIRP 5346: This course differentiates between theories, vis a vis techniques, of knowledge production relevant to urban affairs and planning. The beginning of the course outlines some of the basic debates on the philosophy, sociology, and economics of knowledge production. It then surveys several particular qualitative techniques of knowledge production. The course provides students with hands-on opportunities to practice different techniques and to apply techniques to their professional report, thesis, or dissertation research.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • CIRP 5310-001 CIRP 5310 Planning, Urban Development and Structure

        This course provides an overview of the substantive/functional topics in planning (e.g., housing, transportation, urban design, community development) and fundamentals of urban development and urban structure. It offers basic knowledge of the role of urban planning, as well as of the social, political, and economic factors that influence the development of cities and metropolitan regions.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • CIRP 6301-001 Theoretical Foundations and Ph.D. Workshop (crosslisted as URPA 6301)

        This course explores the development and function of theoretical models and frameworks, and examines major theories of knowledge from the social sciences designed for framing issues in urban planning, administration, and public policy. It is designed to assist doctoral students in framing and developing their research focus including preparing their research for dissertation, and includes opportunities to present work in progress, share ideas, and interact with faculty. As such, the course has three main goals: i) practical orientation to our academic disciplines (such as conferences, academic associations, journals, research ethics, funding); ii) guidance with writing, formatting and organizing your research topic into a dissertation proposal; iii) introduction to epistemological and theoretical frameworks that underlie scholarly research.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • CIRP 5303-001 Planning History and Theory

        This course introduces students to various ways of understanding what planners do when they “do” planning. The course surveys a variety of different theories, or “paradigms,” used by planners in carrying out and explaining their practice, including rational comprehensive planning, communicative action, advocacy planning, and radical planning. In explaining the content of each approach, the course also considers the historical, social, intellectual contexts in which these approaches arose and which condition their existence. In the process of studying the various planning approaches, we also evaluate the different approaches for their underlying values and social consequences. Insodoing, students are encouraged to become aware of their own values and to reflect on the ethical, social, political consequences of the various different ways of practicing planning.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • URPA 6301-001 Urpa 6301-001

        This course explores the development and function of theoretical models and frameworks, and examines major theories of knowledge from the social sciences designed for framing issues in urban planning, administration, and public policy. It is designed to assist doctoral students in preparing their research for dissertation, and includes opportunities to present work in progress, share ideas, and interact with faculty. It is intended as a complement to, not substitute for, the role of the dissertation committee. As such, the course provides guidance for getting started on the dissertation proposal but advises students to work closely with their committee chair to ensure that individual committee standards are met.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SUPA 5301-001 Foundations of Urban Economics and Politics

        Urban policies are formulated in the political and economic environment of communities, and there is a high degree of interaction between governmental and economic institutions. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of basic political and economic structures and processes. In the first half of the course, we will focus on economics, emphasizing contending ways of understanding market economies, economic actors, and the role of government. By the end of the first half, it should become evident that economic understandings have profound political and policy implications. In the second half, politics will be our focus, with an emphasis on different understandings of urban politics as well as on the diverse institutions and actors that carry out urban politics. By the end of the second half, it will again become evident that urban politics has economic implications.

      • CIRP 5332-001 Project Studio
        Studio course working on applied city and regional planning projects within the Dallas-Fort Worth area or elsewhere. Provides students with practical experience in collaborative teamwork and the application of skills, methods, and techniques in city and regional planning, including citizen participation, problem analysis, mapping, design, presentation, working with clients, and applied planning process.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus
      • CIRP 6301-001 THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS AND Ph.D. WORKSHOP
        This course explores the development and function of theoretical models and frameworks, and examines major theories from the social sciences designed for framing issues in urban planning, administration, and public policy. It is designed to assist doctoral students in preparing their research for dissertation, and includes opportunities to present work in progress, share ideas, and interact with faculty. It is intended as a complement to, not substitute for, the role of the dissertation committee. As such, the course provides guidance for getting started on the dissertation proposal but advises students to work closely with their committee chair to ensure that individual committee standards are met. (Crosslisted as CIRP 6301 and URPA 6301
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • CIRP 5300-001 FOUNDATIONS OF URBAN THEORY
        Examines the spatial and social structure of cities, along with key schools of thought (or paradigms) for understanding this spatial and social structure. The first half of the course focuses on the spatial structure of cities, how and why urban form changes over time, considering these changes through contending lenses or theories. The role of urban planning is also considered. The second half of the course focuses on the social structure of cities, including influences on urban development by such factors as race, poverty, class, gender, and community. The role of social policy is also considered. An overall objective of the course is to illuminate the link between the spatial and social structures of cities and prepare students to make theoretically informed analyses of urban planning and policy challenges.
        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • URPA 5306-001 THE URBAN ECONOMY
        This course introduces students to different ways of understanding the dynamics of the growth and development of the urban system and its relation to the national economy. The concept of “paradigm,†or school of thought, is utilized to establish the notion of alternative, or contending, schools of thought within urban economics. Different perspectives on national and urban economic policy, urban growth and land use, market imperfections, class polarization, and other issues are considered.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2011 Download Syllabus

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Administrative Appointment

  • 2003
    • Aug 2003 to June 2009 - Program Director, University of Texas at Arlington   UTA/SUPA   School of Urban & Public Affairs   Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy
    • Aug 2003 to June 2009 - Program Director, University of Texas at Arlington   UTA/SUPA   School of Urban & Public Affairs   master's in city and regional planning