Transit Oriented Development Catches On

Mixed use projects are opening near transit stations in Los Angeles and around the country as cities try to encourage density and discourage the use of cars.

"Los Angeles may be the car capital of America, but a few Angelenos, it seems, are beginning to consider leaving their cars at home...Frustration with ever worsening traffic is stimulating new interest in denser, more urban patterns of development, a trend reflected by new mixed-use complexes near - or right on top of - transit stations...

Of the 3,300 transit stations around the country, only about 100 are known to have inspired so-called transit-oriented development, or T.O.D.'s, according to a study financed by the Federal Transit Administration. Developers say that having to coordinate with transit and other public agencies makes these projects challenging, particularly if train service is operating while construction is taking place."

Thanks to Seth Budick

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