TRANSIT'S ROLE IN THE CREATION OF THE POLYCENTRIC CITY: AN INITIAL ASSESSMENT

The report investigates the role of transit in aiding the implementation of land use plans that call for the creation of major diversified centers in the outer city. The polycentric city concept is defined and illustrated by reference to regional planning work in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Arguments for and against the concept are outlined and the results of a survey relating to the present status of the concept are presented. An evaluation framework is developed and applied in visits to ten American and two Canadian urban regions. The most interesting work on this topic was found in Vancouver, B.C., and Toronto, Ontario. Other interesting work has been done in the Twin Cities and San Diego. The results of the field work are summarized and seven specific examples of noteworthy progress toward the development of outer city centers of significant scale are described.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Washington, Seattle

    Urban Transportation Program
    Seattle, WA  USA  98195

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Schneider, J B
    • Noguchi, T
  • Publication Date: 1977-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 256 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00169261
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-WA-11-0005-77-2Res Rpt., RR-77-6
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 16 1981 12:00AM