'TOD University' Brings Transit And Equitable Transit-Oriented Development Concepts To Your Neighbors
With many cities and regions throughout the nation expanding public transportation options, how can communities advocate strategically for equitable Transit-Oriented-Development (TOD) as they work - often for the first time − with transit agencies, local elected officials, developers and land use planning staff?
Reconnecting America − in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners, Move LA and Strategic Actions for a Just Economy − has created an innovative TOD University curriculum to help nonprofit housing development agencies and community groups who are engaging in community revitalization and transit planning initiatives, and working to educate and involve local residents in these efforts. Designed to "train the trainers," the curriculum was developed by Reconnecting America and its partners with support from the Southern California Field Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
"The target audience is residents and community members who are engaging in transit-oriented development (TOD) discussions for the first time, and likely don't know what 'TOD' even means," said Reconnecting America's Abigail Thorne-Lyman, the director of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development. "This TOD University was built to respond to new transit planning in Los Angeles, but materials could easily be adapted to other regions around the country."
The TOD University curriculum offers seven individual modules:
- TOD 101
- Affordable Housing 101
- Housing 201: Preservation
- Housing 202: Building New Affordable Homes
- Jobs and Economic Development 101
- Planning Basics 101
- Complete Streets 101
While the focus of the curriculum is on transit-oriented development, many of the modules have much wider applicability in educating and engaging community residents. Each module contains interactive, hands-on activities, and can be utilized individually or combined for longer workshop sessions. The curriculum includes power point presentations, talking points, games and exercises and instructions for each module and is also offered in Spanish.