Ph.D. (1977, University of Michigan)
Theoretical Geography, Mathematical Geography, Location Theory


The Earth, by descending powers of 2;
Mozart, "Ah, vous dirai-je Maman"

WINTER, 2001. 
UP507--Prerequisite:  UP406 or permission of instructor (that is, previous experience using GIS software)
Urban Planning 680/028
Lecture:  T: 8:30-10:30 a.m., 2216, A&A
Lab:  W: 4:00-6:30 p.m. A&A lab.
Office Hours in A&A1235
A&A:  T: 10:30-2:30
          W: noon-3:30
Others by arrangement, possibly at research office at Community Systems Foundation, 1130 Hill Street (761-1358).
Professor:  Sandy Arlinghaus (preferred method of contact)
975-0246 (home phone)

LINKS AND OTHER MATERIAL of possible interest:
  • PDF for SEMCOG soil map
  • PDF for SEMCOG flood-prone areas
  • Legend for SEMCOG sewer maps:
    • 1a - sewered by 1980 or by 1990 if within 1b area
      1b - planned by 1980
      1c - sewered by 1994 within 1b or 3 areas
      1d - planned by 1994 within 1a or 1b areas
      2 - sewered by 1990
      2b - sewered by 1994 within 4 or not designated areas
      3 - health problems by 1990
      3b - health problems by 1994
      4 - planned by 1990
      4b - planned by 1994
      5 - not designated
  • Cities with neighborhood information systems of the general size of Ann Arbor
  • htmail:  instructions for creating feedback forms.
  • Detroit group
    • City of Detroit website:
    • Fabulous Ruins of Detroit
    • Syntax, DOS, for conversion from ArcView to MapInfo--sample.
      • cd\esri\av_gis30\arcview\bin32>shapedxf c:\semcog\gwowei\wayuse95 c:\mapinfo\wayusecad  5
      The numeral 5 in the last line refers to the number of decimal places.  Then, go to MapInfo and Import this table; then open it up.  We may be able to align images using the various options that popup when opening the cad file.
    • Map files as requested:
      • Streets and highways, landuse (90 and 95), parks, rivers and water sheds, railroads, bus routes and stops, airports, and impervious surface, all as one set that align.
      • Parcel map, rails, freeways, historic districts, boundary of Detroit, and street centerline as another set that align.
      • Point sources of pollution--attached website.  See raster images in .pdfs.
  • Other CDs available:
    • Maps of Ann Arbor
    • Maps of Michigan including a set of self-contained files on Sleeping Bear Dunes
    • Maps of Peru
  • Good general map source is the Perry-Castaneda map library at the University of Texas at Austin; these static electronic maps can be captured and used as backdrop behind an ArcView map and then digitized using Register It, on screen.  Get Register It at the site below.
  • There are numerous other sources of maps available on the web--Marc Schlossberg has assembled a fine set of resources--try his page.
  • There will be software in my (SA) ifs space from time to time; you can gain access to the Public part of the ifs space of anyone else at UM--I'll show you how, if you want.  (I do not wish to put this information on the web).

  Regular attendance at lecture and lab and regular, frequent posting of website material is a good idea.
  Middle of term: 
    • Give formal brief oral presentation: 10% of grade; 
    • web site progress evaluation, 15% of grade. 
      End of term: 
    • Formal brief oral presentation:   25% of grade. 
    • Day of scheduled final, Final project (term paper length and quality) as a website is due by 5 p.m.: Final project--:  50% of grade. 
The formal oral presentations are designed to give students experience in a friendly setting of the kinds of constraints they will meet when presenting papers at professional meetings.  Students who attend lecture and lab tend to have better success in presentations and website development than those who do not; students who post material frequently on their websites, for feedback, also tend to have better success.  The final project may be work on a group project, a chapter in a thesis, or other selected in consultation with the instructor.  Final project must be built as a website.  Instructor is quite willing to help individuals needing it with help in  website development. 

Instructor will provide on-going individualized feedback on student websites.

  Required:  an active U of M e-mail account
  Required:  a website (to be built throughout the course)
  Required:  as many Zip disks or blank CDs as needed to hold files.
  Required:  willingness to expand IFS space if needed to hold files.
There will be a class website containing lecture notes, links to source materials on the web, citations to printed matter that might be useful, and strategies that might be of use in the lab.

    Lecture will center on theoretical and conceptual material.  Lab will center on project development.  There may also be some guest speakers during Lecture; they will offer different insights into mapping.  Click here to see a broad view of GIS software acquisition strategy. Some of the broad general concepts to be considered include (but are not limited to):
scale, centrality, hierarchy, density, transformation, distance, orientation, geodesic, minimization, connection, adjacency 

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will enable you to put a counter on your UM website.  Substitute your UniqName for sarhaus.
Alt+printscreen is the Windows-universal command to capture the entire screen on the Clipboard--then paste it into a word processor to write documentation for software or into a browser to create online documentation (or paste it anywhere else--you can even keep a copy of the current pattern of icons on your desktop in this way).  Also use to get good images from ArcView when the export facility is inadequate.
  Copy (by highlighting the URL in your browser) useful links (ctrl+c); paste them into a NotePad file and save it.  Then you can later copy and paste links easily on your website or into another browser window without ever having to retype the URL.

  Impervious surface maps:
  • From SEMCOG data for Washtenaw county--highly incomplete
  • Backdrop from map appearing in first phase of UM master planning effort
  • Partial map made from that backdrop is underway--with City parcel map superimposed.

  Neighborhood Infomation Systems.
    The power of the internet is with us on a daily basis; however, what we see is (obviously?) only the tip of the iceberg.  How can we make better use of it, and the various software package available for mapping and data analysis, in helping people to learn more about, and interact with, their own local settings?  The City of Ann Arbor maintains a clickable map site of self-identified neighborhoods (R. Scaff, W. Rampson, C. Hurd (and S. A.));  see the Planning Department portion of that website). 
There have been a number of recent efforts to create Neighborhood Information Systems 
  Catalogues to be used with maps.  Please make sure that Adobe Acrobat Reader is available to read these Portable Document Files (pdf files).

  Neighborhood Information Systems and related topics.

    • Danny Drouk, Bill Pitkin and Neal Richman, UCLA, Internet-based Neighborhood Information Systems:  A Comparative Analysis.
    • Neal Richman and Jaron Waldman.  Publicizing Privatized Information:  a New Role for University-Based Planners.
    • Aspen Institute.  The Tides of Nonprofit Management Reform:  More Research Needed in the Face of Increasing Pressure for Change.
Research Archived course materials at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Community General
Institute of Mathematical Geography:  IMaGe--Monograph Series, Solstice, and Reprint Series NRE530 Geography:  Spatial Analysis, Theory and Practice, 1993-1999   Bromley Neighborhood Information System; see  Current Issue of Solstice. Current Curriculum Vita
Community Systems Foundation (Director, Spatial Analysis Division; Member, Board of Trustees).  Director of Intern Program.  Webmaster. NRE501/043 Geography:  Spatial Analysis, Advanced Projects, 1997-1999   City of Ann Arbor, Planning Commissioner, 1995-present; Secretary Arlinghaus Enterprises; co-founder and President.
International Society of Spatial Sciences Population-Environment Dynamics, Transition Theory.  Co-taught with Bill Drake, 1992-1998.   City of Ann Arbor, Environmental Commissioner, 1999-present. Family pages: 
  Ongoing book projects with multiple co-authors---scheduled for publication, March, 2001.
  Research Archive available on request to qualified requests.
  Independent study, ongoing, 1992-present..
  Dissertation or Masters students, ongoing
Member, City of Ann Arbor CPC Ordinance Revisions Committee
  Co-vice Chair, Northeast Area Master Planning, Citizens Advisory Committee, 1999-present
  Reviewer, Mathematical Reviews, The Geographical Review, Technology and Culture, and others.
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