Gleaming high-rises and dense development in white-picket-fence suburbia? From Anaheim and Fremont in California
to Irving, Texas; Queens, N.Y.; and Arlington, Va., development has
taken a dramatic turn from cul-de-sacs to city centers that mix
residences, businesses and entertainment spots....
In the first three parts of this series (1, 2, 3),
we discussed the folly of spending $4 billion to widen I-270 instead of
focusing development in denser areas and beefing up MARC to better
serve the 270 corridor with existing infrastructure.
Touted coast to coast as the key to "transit-oriented development,"
light rail systems are close to "accepted wisdom" as keys to 21st
century metropolitan growth.
But it's worth remembering that the Interstate Highway System, when
first promulgated in the 1950s, was widely and uncritically hailed too....
Though measures will be required to reduce its environmental impact,
transit-oriented development around a planned Pittsburg BART station is
one step closer to reality. This week, Pittsburg leaders
approved environmental documents for the Railroad Avenue Specific Plan,
a tool to make the area around Railroad Avenue and Highway 4 more
efficient with high-density housing, shops, parks and public space....
Six months after Valley Metro launched its light rail system
throughout the metro area, developers continue to take a wait-and-see
attitude about any potential transit oriented development at or near
stations. Area brokers tell GlobeSt.com the reasons for developmental
delays range from the poor economy to the fact that light rail in
Phoenix is still a curiosity, rather than an alternative transportation
Forty minutes from downtown Boston, Woodland Station would be just another stop on the Massachusetts
Bay Transportation Authority Green Line - except for the modern,
four-story apartment complex that opened two years ago just across from
the platform..... Read On
Last week, state legislators passed the New Jersey Economic Stimulus
Act of 2009, an omnibus bill designed to stimulate private sector
development and job growth while revitalizing urban hubs. Sponsored by
Assembly Majority Leader Joe Roberts, A4048/S2299 expands the Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit
by broadening the definition of a "transit hub" to include light rail
stations and businesses that are located along and utilize rail freight
lines, doubling the geographic radius for Camden, and lowering the
minimum investment needed to qualify.... Read On
I've discussed before how the Oakland Airport Connector will waste half a billion dollars to serve only 1,000 riders,
but I thought I'd float a more practical alternative to using the
money: a new station in the San Antonio district in East Oakland. Bart
stretches nearly three miles between the Lake Merritt and Fruitvale
Stations without a stop, passing one of the densest districts in the
East Bay-approximately 30,000 people in just a little over one square
mile. The Bart Station Profile Survey shows this gap beautifully:..