02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
The Tradeoff between Security and Commerce in Urban Areas
There is often a perceived conflict between freedom of economic activity and the need for increased security. Are the goals of enhanced economic activity and increased security necessarily in conflict? That is the question underlying the Urban Commerce and Security Study (UCASS), which will be described in this talk. The talk will describe the project's interactions with numerous stakeholders in Lower Manhattan, the economic modeling and computer simulation modeling that is the core of UCASS, and a decision support tool that planners and decision makers can use to make choices about security initiatives by assessing relevant costs and benefits of various combinations of security measures and policies.