I am Jordan Fraade, an urban planner and former journalist living in Los Angeles. In June 2017 I graduated from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs with a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning. My research focused on transportation policy and planning, particularly on the decades-old debate about whether the Los Angeles region should invest its resources in rail or bus transit. Outside school, I have worked for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, UCLA Institute for Transportation Studies, and CTS-EMBARQ, an NGO located in Mexico City that studies issues of sustainable urban mobility.
Before coming to Los Angeles, 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 couple of years in Washington, D.C. 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. 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. Other topics of interest included the millennial generation, media, economics and labor, and national politics.
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 both a dog and 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.
Cover photo: Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Oregon, June 2012.