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TOD Diluted

Brian Paul argues that developers have jumped on the transit-oriented development bandwagon without actually delivering true TOD.
April 23, 2010, 10am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Paul credits architect Peter Calthorpe with originating the concept of transit-oriented development.

He writes, "In the past decade, however, Calthorpe's term has increasingly been co-opted by the real estate industry to market any kind of moderately dense, urban infill development. If the concept of transit oriented development is diluted to simply mean density and proximity to transit without discouraging car use -- or encouraging socio-economic diversity -- then we miss Calthorpe's message entirely. And in New York City, where transit is just about everywhere, simply branding development "transit-oriented" can render the term meaningless."

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Published on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 in Gotham Gazette
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