Tom Clark sits in his fourth-floor office in downtown Denver, fondly recalling metro Atlanta's failure to solve its epic traffic congestion with highway widening. Clark, tasked with luring companies and jobs to Denver, exploited metro Atlanta's example in a campaign to persuade Denver voters to finance transportation investment with a new tax... Read On
Light rail in the West Corridor presents an incredible opportunity for transit-oriented development to leverage market momentum for new investment and community building. A focus on TOD will support growth near new transit stations, enhance access to opportunity, preserve and enhance the supply of a range of housing choices, reduce the combined costs of housing and transportation, and support walking and biking to stations. However, implementing TOD along the West Corridor will not be a quick or simple process. The overall economic conditions in the country are vastly impacting the pace and magnitude of private sector development activity everywhere. This macro-level challenge, combined with some micro-market conditions along the West Corridor, where residential home values are relatively low and the potential value increases related to transit have not yet been realized, indicates that in the near term, most implementation activity in the West Corridor will fall…
What's the difference between good transit-oriented development and great transit-oriented development? The answer is laid out in the new Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD) report, "Connecting the West Corridor Communities: An Implementation Strategy for TOD along the Denver Region’s West Corridor."
A local businessman wants to create a compact shopping village in downtown Louisville where consumers can find goods as diverse as fresh oregano, daily baked bread and exotic chocolate. Karim Amirfathi, who owns Altan Alma Organic Market at 611 Front St., plans to place four wood-and-metal structures -- covering 1,200 square feet -- on a vacant lot in front of his store... Read On
Partnerships in support of equitable transit-oriented development – such as the Great Communities Collaborative (GCC) in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative in the Twin Cities – have been around for several years. These collaborations bring together local and national philanthropy with non-profit and community-based organizations to ensure that all populations have access to the benefits provided by transit. Some groups, such as the GCC, are focused on ensuring that station area plans around existing fixed-guideway transit consider affordable housing needs and maximize development potential, while others are motivated by workforce development opportunities, mitigating business impacts during transit construction or augmenting access to employment, education and services. Almost all are focused on transit…
The Denver region is emerging as an innovative leader in the effort to create healthy, affordable, and sustainable communities with a range of housing types and transportation options for everyone. In 2004, voters approved a sales tax increase to fund 122 miles of new rail and bus service. Since then cities along current and future transit lines have been making plans to address opportunities and challenges.
Reconnecting America and the Center for Transit-Oriented Development held their first in a series of webinars June 21, with 200 people listening in to a discussion of “Understanding Mixed-Income Transit-Oriented Development.” The webinar was sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
If you've paid attention to urban planning news of late, you know that Rahm Emanuel's administration in the City of Chicago is aggressively pursuing the implementation of physically-separated bikeways... Read On
Property along Denver's FasTracks Southwest light rail line has been purchased by the Urban Land Conservancy for development into an affordable, mixed-use, transit-oriented development called the Medici's Evans Station Lofts, the ULC announced today... Read On
The Urban Land Conservancy today announced it paid nearly $1.2 million for land to be developed into residential and retail along Denver's FasTracks southwest light rail corridor. The land at 2140 S. Delaware St. is the fourth property ULC has acquired using Denver's Transit-Oriented Development Fund and is directly across from the light rail station at Evans Avenue... Read On