Public Goals, Private Actions: Active Promotion of Equitable Transit-Oriented Development Under Entrepreneurial Urbanism

The Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) movement seeks sweeping physical and behavioral changes in U.S. cities. It may also reinforce an inequitable trend of social change in those cities by supporting gentrification of devalorized neighborhoods and displacement of existing communities. This inequity can be understood in the context of the current paradigm of urban governance, focused on growth in the real estate sector and attempts to provide public services through partnerships with the private sector, described by Harvey as entrepreneurial urbanism. The active promotion of Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (ETOD) by the public sector fits this paradigm while seeking to alleviate its inequitable effects. Through a series of twenty one in-depth interviews with ETOD promotion professionals, the authors examine the process of promoting ETOD, employing an interpretivist methodology to explore shared understandings of how entrepreneurial urban governance shapes and constrains possibilities and goals. The authors propose critical engagement with the entrepreneurial model and outline an alternative approach to ETOD promotion based on existing policy, governance and financial tools where it appears inappropriate.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee ADD30 Standing Committee on Transportation and Land Development.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Research Board

  • Authors:
    • Guthrie, Andrew
    • Fan, Yingling
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2019


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 17p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01697979
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 19-05060
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2018 9:43AM