Why This Book?
Corridor Planning For Tod and Why should You do it
The demand for transit across the U.S. is growing, and more and more transit corridors are proposed and built every year. In 2008, 78 regions in 37 states had proposed 400 transit projects worth $248 billion, and these numbers have continued to rise. Some regions are using a combination of local and federal sources to fund entire fixed-guideway transit networks, such as Denver and the Twin Cities. Other regions are aggressively enhancing existing systems, such as Portland and Los Angeles. But many regions start to build transit networks with a single major corridor, and with so many stations opening every year, there is a growing need to understand how corridor planning can facilitate not only successful transportation outcomes but also successful transit-oriented development (TOD).
All scales of planning for TOD are important, as is discussed on the next page, but planning at the corridor level can be a more…
Located in Los Angeles County between Burbank and Pasadena, the City of Glendale has thrived as a center of employment and commerce for decades. In recent years, the downtown has begun to evolve from an almost entirely commercial district into a 24hour center of activity. This case study follows downtown’s ongoing transformation.
Glendale has one of the highest job densities in Los Angeles County (Figure 2) and attracts workers from all over the region. Although the city is somewhat less ethnically diverse than Los Angeles County as a whole (Figure 1), Glendale is home to a number of immigrant communities including Armenians (26.2 percent), Hispanics (19.7 percent), Iranians (2.7 percent), Filipinos (5.7 percent), English (4.9 percent), and Chinese (1.3 percent).1
The City’s historic success at attracting employers rests on its location at the center of a “Golden Triangle” of freeways – I-5, SR-2, and SR-134 – that defines the city and…
Fullerton is a city in north Orange County, just north of Anaheim and other major employment centers and destinations. The community began as a railroad town, and its historic downtown evolved around the City’s train station. In the last several years, downtown Fullerton has become a hot spot of activity, accommodating many restaurants, new housing, and stores. This case study examines the City’s efforts over the last two decades to revitalize the downtown by capitalizing on the district’s transit accessibility and rich legacy of historic buildings.
The City of Fullerton began as a railroad town, named after the agent of the Santa Fe Railroad Company who purchased the right-of-way for a new railroad that would run through the city. Fullerton’s economy boomed through most of the 20th century, fueled by food packing, oil fields, aviation and, following World War II, massive housing construction for returning veterans and their families.
The El Monte Transit Village
The City of El Monte is the tenth largest city in Los Angeles County with a population of nearly 114,000. The City of El Monte has worked extensively over the last several decades to revitalize key commercial areas, including Downtown El Monte. This case study focuses on one of the City’s efforts, the El Monte Transit Village, which is located between Downtown El Monte and Interstate 10.
The City of El Monte is located in the central San Gabriel Valley, just to the west of the intersection of Interstates 10 and
605. The San Gabriel Valley represents nearly a cross-section of the regional Los Angeles population in terms of ethnic mix, income mix and jobs. While many consider the San Gabriel Valley to be a suburban feeder for the City of Los Angeles, it in fact accommodates 20 percent of the population of Los Angeles County, and 18 percent of the County’s jobs. Figure 2 shows that while job densities are not quite as high near the City…
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?
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Los Angeles' massive transit infrastructure investment promises benefits across the city and the region over the next decade and beyond, but it could also have unfortunate side effects if efforts aren't made to preserve affordable housing in transit-rich neighborhoods, according to a report commissioned by the City of Los Angeles Housing Department and written by Reconnecting America. The report was funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, through the Awards for State & Local Housing Preservation Leaders of the Foundation's Window of Opportunity Initiative (WOI).
Koreatown is a culturally vibrant neighborhood in the Wilshire area of the City of Los Angeles, bookended by Downtown Los Angeles on the east and Hollywood on the north. This case study examines how the neighborhood is both intensifying and expanding, fueled by a building boom and large-scale public investment.
Koreatown is one of the most diverse and densely populated neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Although the neighborhood is still primarily associated with Koreans and Korean Americans, Koreatown is home to concentrations of other ethnicities as well, including Hispanics, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, and other Asian Americans (Figure 1). The neighborhood’s population density is said to be second only to Manhattan15 and the employment density is one of the highest in the SCAG region (Figure 3). Koreatown’s diverse population and density support not only Korean restaurants, stores and cultural facilities, but also everything from taquerias to karaoke bars…