Transit-Oriented Development: Density, Design, and Diversity

What planners can do to ensure that transit-oriented development works as advertized.

"Even a cursory glance around the country suggests that transit-oriented development is hot... we now have "transit-oriented" big box stores and single-story office parks, set in seas of parking. In many cases, developments with just six housing units to the acre are being advertised as TODs... Instead of branding anything that is built near transit a successful TOD, Dena Belzer and Gerald Autler of Strategic Economics, the principal authors of the paper, suggest that projects should be judged against specific desired outcomes:Those outcomes include choice (for example, diverse housing and transportation); livability (less pollution per capita); and financial return (for instance, to developers and transit agencies). "

Thanks to Nathan Banks

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