I am Jordan Fraade, a writer, reporter, and editor living in Los Angeles. I am currently pursuing a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning at UCLA, where I plan to focus on transportation and land-use planning.
Before that, I was a freelance writer, editor, and journalist in Brooklyn, New York. I’m a proud native of the NYC area and have lived there most of my life, except for a break from 2010 to 2013, when I lived in Washington, D.C. and worked at a number of think tanks, nonprofits, and contracting firms. While I’ve always loved cities, I started to pay more attention to urban planning as a discipline during my time in the nation’s capital (living in a city with a crumbling mass-transit system will do that to you). In December 2013 I became a full-time freelancer, covering mostly urban-planning and local politics issues, in particular transportation, housing, zoning and land use, and waterfront development. Every now and then I branch out into other topics, including the millennial generation, media, economics and labor, and national politics. But grad school being what it is, I mostly write about urban planning.
I graduated from Columbia University in 2010 with a B.A. in history. While in college, I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain and still maintain a strong interest in Iberian and Latin American affairs. I work to Brahms, rock out to Minor Threat, and do everything in between to Bob Dylan. I’m a dog person AND a cat person, a tireless consumer of ice cream and Indian food, and an unrepentant Yankees fan.
Also, my last name rhymes with “Todd.” It’s okay. No one has ever gotten it right on the first try.
PS. The cover photo is Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Oregon, June 2012.