Caleb Diehl

Profile: Caleb Diehl

I've lived in various places, but mostly grew up in Park City, Utah. There, I developed a passion for skiing and the outdoors. My favorite food is Pho, which keeps me warm in the rainy Pacific Northwest. 

While I was writing about policy issues as a journalist, I realized that Portland, Oregon was the first city I lived in that I liked. The city's density, approach to growth management, sustainable transportation networks, and economic development strategies have earned praise from planners across the nation. That's when it clicked that most of the problems I encountered—traffic congestion, pollution, accessibility of destinations—could be solved with better urban planning. What interests me about urban planning is the complexity and uncertainty in the problems we confront. The curb management research with freight lab inspires me because it explores a space where users—bikers, pedestrians, rideshare vehicles and freight—who are often in conflict can find common ground.

Research Assistant, Urban Freight Lab
Master's Student, Urban Design and Planning
csdiehl@uw.edu
Office: 
Wilson Ceramics Lab 111

Bio

Caleb holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He is currently pursuing a Master of Urban Design & Planning degree at the University of Washington, with an individually designed specialization in urban informatics. He is working on policy research and technology review for an Urban Freight Lab project seeking innovative solutions for managing contested curb space in the city of the future. 
 
Before pursuing his graduate degree, Caleb worked as a journalist in Oregon, reporting on business, urban development, and public policy. He is fascinated by the potential of emerging technology, big data, and innovative mapping techniques in transportation planning. 
 

Awards

Caleb was awarded a fellowship from the Urban Design & Planning program. In his previous career, he received an Excellence in Journalism Award from the Society for Professional Journalists Northwest.

Research Publications

Questions and Answers

What is your hometown and favorite food?

I've lived in various places, but mostly grew up in Park City, Utah. There, I developed a passion for skiing and the outdoors. My favorite food is Pho, which keeps me warm in the rainy Pacific Northwest. 

What inspired you to pursue a career in urban planning?

While I was writing about policy issues as a journalist, I realized that Portland, Oregon was the first city I lived in that I liked. The city's density, approach to growth management, sustainable transportation networks, and economic development strategies have earned praise from planners across the nation. That's when it clicked that most of the problems I encountered—traffic congestion, pollution, accessibility of destinations—could be solved with better urban planning. What interests me about urban planning is the complexity and uncertainty in the problems we confront. The curb management research with freight lab inspires me because it explores a space where users—bikers, pedestrians, rideshare vehicles and freight—who are often in conflict can find common ground.

What research projects are you working on?

I will be working on Managing Increasing Demand for Curb Space in the City of the Future.

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