URBANISM & DESIGNAustin's Waller Creek Project Unveiled
Austin Business Journals
Design firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. presented its vision for transforming downtown Austin's Waller Creek from a mostly stagnant and underused public space into one of the most exciting urban parks around.
ENVIRONMENT & ECOLOGYBolivia's Cautionary Tale on Water
North American Congress on Latin America
When Bolivian President Evo Morales arrived at the new Uyuni airport last August and found no water running from the tap, he publicly reprimanded and promptly dismissed his Minister of Water. As it happened, the pipes were merely frozen.
Reconnecting America Policy Director Sarah Kline will moderate a session at the American Public Transportation Association Rail Conference in Philadelphia on June 4. The session is entitled "Transit Oriented Development or Development Oriented Transit?"
Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) has been embraced around the country as a means to achieve sustainability goals, including reduced auto dependency and traffic congestion, as well as improved economic competitiveness. However, the process of actually implementing TOD varies based on a variety of physical, economic, and market conditions.
Transit-oriented development (TOD) – typically defined as compact, mixed-use development within walking distance of a transit station – has emerged in recent years as a key strategy for fostering quality neighborhoods and reducing auto dependence. Despite the emphasis on TOD in many policy discussions, however, only limited information is available to help communities understand the likely development impacts of new transit investments. This report builds on a 2010 study by the Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD), Rails to Real Estate: Development Patterns along Three Recently Constructed Rail Lines, to examine the opportunities and challenges involved in promoting TOD in different types of neighborhoods, and the strategies that may be appropriate to catalyze TOD depending on the neighborhood context. By examining development patterns and public investment strategies through the lens of “development context” or “neighborhood type,” this report…