"[O]ne of the big reasons train-based transit tends to perform poorly is that the government systematically discourages the kind of high-density development patterns that make trains economically viable." Read On
The most commonly cited characteristic of urban sprawl is its low-density. In fact, density is often used as the sole way of determining whether a city is sprawled or not - and (following on from that) whether a city's urban form is conducive to public transport or not. However, you only need to look at a comparison of the density and auto-use of many different cities around the world to see that things might be somewhat more complicated ... Read On
A Colorado study for the Tucson-based Sonoran Institute by Asheville's Joe Minicozzi concludes that across the board, downtown commercial and mixed-use buildings outperform their big-box counterparts when comparing tax revenues per-acre... Read On
I've officially had enough of Triumph of the City, Ed Glaeser's latest book. It's worth a read, if only for the first 100 or so pages, even moreso for the first 20. The death knell finally coming with the realization that indeed, his most strident arguments were the most weakly supported and argued, that of skyscrapers... Read On
The Center for Transit-Oriented Development today released “TOD 204: Planning for TOD at the Regional Scale,” the sixth in the Federal Transit Administration-sponsored series of reports explaining best practices of transit-oriented development.
Why This Book?
The importance of Planning for TOD at the regional Scale
Transit-Oriented Development, or TOD, is typically understood to be a mix of housing, retail and/or commercial development and amenities — referred to as “mixed-use development” — in a walkable neighborhood with high-quality public transportation. To learn the basics of TOD, see the first book in this series, TOD 101: Why TOD and Why Now?
Building successful TOD requires thinking beyond the individual station and understanding the role each neighborhood and station area plays in the regional network of transit-oriented places. It also requires an understanding of the real estate market, major employment centers, and travel patterns in the region. Regional planning for successful TOD projects is really about the coordination of existing plans for growth, transit, housing and jobs, as well as programs and policies at all levels of government.
Coordinating all these TOD…
Grist recently cross-posted an article by Per Square Mile's Tim De Chant which mines an old (2009) study from the Journal of Urban Economics to argue that "only the steepest increases in density could reduce car usage". Unfortunately, I think that's entirely the wrong conclusion to draw from the study... Read On
Pushing high density living may seem like a good way to get people out of their cars-saving them money, curbing emissions, and reducing oil dependence-but densification may not be a silver bullet, according to one recent study... Read On