If it's not mixed-income, it won't be transit-oriented: ensuring our future developments are equitable & promote transit

In terms of achieving sustainable development, Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) represents a promising strategy. TOD offers the opportunity to encourage efficient use of land and resources by promoting higher population densities, thus conserving open spaces, as well as encouraging transit use and multi-modal transportation, and thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting healthier lifestyles. However, it can only be truly successful if it includes mixed-income housing in order to offer a truly connected and socially and economically diverse setting. Due to TOD's popularity, there is a trend towards building in existing neighborhoods with proven transit ridership, with gentrification as a common result. This can inhibit TOD's viability as a tool for sustainable development, as this article posits. Planning, regulatory and strategic tools that may be used to combat these current trends are addressed here, as well as problems and potential solutions via the case of a neighborhood in Denver, Colorado known as Five Points.


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  • Accession Number: 01532982
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2014 4:29PM