PERCEPTIONS OF TRANSIT-LINKED DEVELOPMENT IN MINORITY NEIGHBORHOODS: THREE CASE STUDIES

The objective of this study, using Atlanta, Georgia as the study site, was to examine the perceptions of diverse groups regarding the potential for transit-linked development in minority neighborhoods. Case studies were conducted in three minority neighborhoods. The neighborhoods were all on the nearly completed MARTA East-West fixed rail line. The focus of the study was the potential impact that a neighborhood transit station could have on the neighborhood's business district. Two techniques were used to collect the data for the study: 1) the plans and documents used in the development of the neighborhood transit station were analyzed to assess their impact on land-use in the neighborhoods under study and 2) interviews were conducted with leaders of business organizations, community groups, and developers and planners in reference to their perceptions of the business investment opportunities generated by transit-linked development. The perceptions of the different groups were compared to determine whether each group was supportive, opposed to, or indifferent in its attitudes toward the potential for transit-linked development in minority neighborhoods. Analysis revealed that improved land-use was a corollary objective of transit station development as reflected in the plans and documents studied. It was also found that all of the groups interviewed were optimistic about the potential for transit-linked development in minority neighborhoods. However, the planners and residents were more cautious about the prospects for transit-linked development than the businessmen and developers. It was also evident that those neighborhoods without effective business organizations would find it difficult to benefit from transit-linked development. (UMTA)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Clark College

    Southern Center for Studies in Public Policy
    Atlanta, GA  United States  30314

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Jackson, N
    • Earvin, L
  • Publication Date: 1981-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: 28 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00335706
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-GA-11-0010-81-1
  • Contract Numbers: GA-11-0010
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1981 12:00AM