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Planner's thesis published in journal

Kelly O’Neill, associate planner for the city of Sandy, was recently published in the Journal of Urbanism.

The article, co-authored by O’Neill’s graduate school adviser Yizhao Yang, is a summarized version of his graduate thesis.

Yang condensed the original paper and added some further research.

O’Neill’s thesis, written for his two years as a graduate student from 2006-08 at the University of Oregon, was an analysis of a compact and mixed-use development in Eugene.

The analysis was influenced by interviews and a questionnaire sent out to approximately 750 people.

Originally 100 pages, the article that appears in the journal is now less than 20.

O’Neill said he is happy it was published because it could be of real use, which was his goal.

“Unlike some theses,” he said, “it actually does have some real-world implications.”

Although the thesis is not necessarily applicable to the Sandy area, mixed-use developments similar to the one from Eugene can be seen in Portland.

Although the results don’t apply to the work O’Neill does for Sandy, the analysis portion of the paper is reflected in his job, he said.