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TODs Go Mainstream?

With the Wall Street Journal weighing in on transit-oriented development, has the movement that ties intensive, mixed land uses to transportation activity nodes finally reached the mainstream?

The Journal details TODs in Englewood, Colorado, Dallas and Pasadena, California.

While noting the challenges mixed-use development faces relative to single-use zoning codes and high upfront costs for developers, the Journal nevertheless concludes, "Sunbelt cities' recent efforts to woo projects that marry residential, commercial and office development are likely to spur more growth around station stops. The number of households located near transit stations will more than double by 2030, to 16 million from six million, estimates a study by the Center for Transit Oriented Development, part of Oakland, Calif.-based nonprofit Reconnecting America, which promotes ties between transit and community development."

[Editor's note: Although this article is only available to WSJ subscribers, it is available to Planetizen readers for free through the link below for a period of seven days.]

Full Story: Why Some Cities Think Developing At Rail Stops Is a Mighty Good Road

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