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Apartment life can be strangely isolating: the intimacy of removing a complete stranger’s underwear from the building washing machine; the awkwardness of silent elevator rides while rubbing elbows with a fellow tenant; the jealous pangs of hurrying alone past a cluster of happy friends sharing pizza on your stoop.

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Tag Archives: Transit Oriented Development

June 28, 2016
To Live Near Light Rail, You’ll Have to Pay Up
Seattle Times

As Seattle and surrounding cities look to significantly expand train service throughout the region, here’s fair warning for those looking to live the car-free lifestyle: If you want to live near a transit hub, you’ll likely have to pay up.

June 27, 2016
June 26, 2016
Transit Districts Draw Attention in Connecticut
Hartford Courant

An ambitious strategy to spark economic growth in Connecticut’s aging city centers is taking shape in Meriden, consisting of apartments, shops, parking space and public transportation all within walking distance. The project, which include a park redesigned to stem frequent flooding, are just a few of those planned for central Connecticut.

June 22, 2016
Can Raleigh’s Affordable Housing Tax Beat Market Pressures?

If city manager Ruffin Hall’s budget is any indication, Raleigh is finally getting serious about affordable housing—and just in time for the countywide transit referendum that will be on the ballot in November. The city’s plan envisions new affordable housing developments located within a half mile of existing or proposed transit stations.

June 20, 2016
Bold Vision for 30th Street Station
Plan Philly

“Go West, young man.” So exhorted Horace Greeley 150 years ago, borrowing those words from another writer to embrace and celebrate American manifest destiny.

June 15, 2016
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June 8, 2016
Is L.A.’s Warner Center Good for Residents?
L.A. Daily News

Now that plans for an “urban neighborhood” of 3,990 apartments on the site of the former Rocketdyne plant in Canoga Park have been announced, there’s something we need to know. Will those units have indoor plumbing?

KC Council Moves Ahead With Transit Oriented Development
Kansas City Business Journal

The Kansas City Council’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as well as the Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee will vote on an overarching Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) policy Thursday. If it passes, it will go to the full council for a vote.

What Makes Transit Oriented Development Work?
Journal of Urbanism (abstract)

Through 13 in-depth semi-structured interviews with planners and transportation professionals in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands, this study attempts to identify the factors that practitioners in these regions determine to be essential for the post-development success of TOD.

June 5, 2016
Americans Want More Transit-Oriented Housing
My Central Jersey

Nearly three in four Americans (73 percent) would support changes in land use or zoning regulations in their community that encourage transit-oriented development, according to a new America THINKS national public opinion survey by HNTB Corporation.

PATH Train Strains Under Housing Development
Wall Street Journal

The PATH train, already bursting at the seams, stands to get more crowded amid a building boom in northern New Jersey, in another sign the transit network is straining under the region’s population growth.

June 3, 2016
Hong Kong’s Rail + Property Model
McKinsey & Company

Cities around the world are building or expanding public-transit systems to cope with population growth and urbanization. But even as metro systems get bigger and serve more people, most continue to lose money.

May 30, 2016
Transit-Oriented Development’s Trials in Hartford

Transit-oriented development is a relatively new idea in Connecticut, but town officials hope an old car dealership site in West Hartford will be a catalyst for further investment around the station. State officials plan it as one in a series of developments around CTfastrak’s route between New Britain and Hartford.

May 18, 2016
Houston Gets a TOD Spark
Next City

In recent years, Houston has been straining against its reputation as a car-crazy city and rethinking neighborhood connectivity.

May 16, 2016
Santa Clara Kills Development Near Caltrain
Green Caltrain

In March, Irvine Company withdrew its application for Mission Town Center, a housing-focused mixed use development on El Camino Real, across the street from the Santa Clara Caltrain station, and proposed future BART station.

May 3, 2016
Politics, Not TODs, Cause Affordable Housing Crunch
Streetsblog Chicago

Chicago’s new towers are big, conspicuous buildings, so it’s understandable that some people blame them for rising rents elsewhere in the neighborhood. But the TOD ordinance and the resulting increase in the number of housing units near the Blue Line isn’t to blame for the community’s displacement problem.

May 2, 2016
Chicago’s New TOD Aimed at Wealthy
Chicago Tribune

Some Logan Square residents are worried that new high-end apartments being built under a city ordinance aimed at promoting development near transit may be accelerating gentrification and pushing lower-income people farther away from the trains.

April 24, 2016
Development Follows Denver’s New Rails
Denver Post

The train to Denver International Airport is now in service, and that means big things beyond being a convenient transportation option. For developers, the land around 23 miles of track has entered a new phase — from the site of future rail service to a destination for thousands of people boarding and disembarking every day.

April 20, 2016
Pittsburgh’s New Transit Center a Mixed Success
Pittsburgh City Paper

The widely touted Transit Oriented Development aims to place residences and retail closer to mass transit to encourage more traditional urban density and decrease automobile use, but it still apparently takes an enormous amount of parking to make such a thing work.

Chicago’s First Metra-Oriented Development Proposed
Streetsblog Chicago

Most transit oriented development as appeared within miles of the Loop; but it appears a four-story condominium building planned for the Edgebrook neighborhood on the Far Northwest Side would be the city’s Metra-friendly TOD, more than 11 miles from Daley Plaza.

April 18, 2016
Three Developments for Three Boston Train Stations
Boston Globe

The three big train stations in Boston have long attracted new development around their busy locations. Now, each station could soon be the anchor for a major real estate project that would rise above the tracks.

Will Transit-Oriented Housing Bring Gentrification?
Chicago Reader

The protest, led by Somos (“We Are”) Logan Square, made the argument that the upscale ten- and 11-story rental towers, along with a high-end six-story transit-oriented apartment building down the street, will accelerate the already rapid pace of gentrification in the neighborhood.

April 13, 2016


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