TOD Booms in California

Transit oriented development is on the rise in California, with new projects being pushed in conjunction with new rail lines in Southern California and the Bay Area.

The Architect's Newspaper provides a detailed rundown of the transit oriented development projects recently completed or in the works in the state.

"Thanks to changes in both attitude and development patterns, the growth in transit is bringing with it a lengthy list of Transit Oriented Developments (TODs), projects catering to a combination of mass transit, denser neighborhoods, and mixed-use and pedestrian scale development. And the leaders in TOD are none other than local transit agencies themselves, taking matters into their own hands by making huge investments, often in coordination with the field's other players: developers, non-profits, and redevelopment agencies. In addition to several transit authorities along the path of California's high speed rail, the leading agencies are LA County Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). "The public sector creates infrastructure, the private sector creates development. That creates harmony," sums up Ronald Altoon, a partner at architecture firm Altoon + Porter and incoming Executive Director at the Urban Land Institute's LA Chapter."

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