TODs for Tots

Transit-oriented developments (TODs) are often viewed as appealing primarily to single adults and childless couples. This article describes how well-planned multifamily TODs can also be attractive for families. The de-emphasis on car usage and parking can create a safer and healthier environment for raising families than traditional car-oriented neighborhoods. Child-friendly TODs incorporate pedestrian infrastructure, which encourages children to get outside and play. They also feature an active street life. High levels of transit service make it easy to take advantage of local museums and sports venues. When they are older, children are able to use public transit to travel to school independently. Although TODs that appeal to families have been developed in Europe and Australia, they have not yet emerged in the United States. Current planning and zoning practices in the United States hinder the development of child-friendly TODs, but demonstration projects and successful international examples could help U.S. planners see the value of creating TODs that welcome families.

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  • Authors:
    • Cervero, Robert
    • Sullivan, Cathleen
  • Publication Date: 2011-2


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 26-31
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01344763
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 20 2011 7:23AM