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

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month
Book cover of Where Things Are from Near to Far

Where Things Are From Near to Far

This engaging children's book about planning illustrates that "every building has its place."
$19.95
Woman wearing city map tote bag

City Shoulder Totes

Durable CityFabric© shoulder tote bags available from 5 different cities.
$22.00