From our CH2M HILL Portland Office, we can see the future site of the proposed Oregon Sustainability Center. I've been hearing snippets of the development process for the building, which requires realigning the Portland Street Car to pass through the building, similar to how it passes through the adjacent PSU Urban Center.... Read On
University Circle Inc. has won $20 million in New Markets Tax Credits, an award that will help the nonprofit development corporation stimulate development in Cleveland's cultural center and its surrounding neighborhoods.....
Reconnecting America's Abby Thorne-Lyman, director of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, and Reconnecting America Project Manager Elizabeth Wampler participate in a lunchtime forum at the SPUR Urban Center on June 11 in San Francisco. They will be joined by Vu-Bang Nguyen of Urban Habitat and Egon Terplan of SPUR for a discussion of how to encourage job growth near transit and improve job access via transit, particularly for low- and moderate-income workers.
Reconnecting America's Technical Assistance Director Sam Zimbabwe addressed a Regional Transit-Oriented Development Summit in Pittsburgh Jan. 5. An audience of 170 government and transit officials, planners, private developers and community leaders attended. The event was organized by City of Pittsburgh Planning and Mayor's Office, East Liberty Development Inc., The Heinz Endowments, Surdna Foundation, Sustainable Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority. This presentation was the keynote presentation that kicked-off a discussion of the specific challenges and opportunities to implementing TOD in the Pittsburgh region.
About two months ago the Center for TOD released a report called Rails to Real Estate. The basic gist of the report was that development along three new light rail lines was influenced by a number of different factors, some of which include income, employment proximity and walkability. But to me one factor stood out specifically. No matter where the vacant land was available, development was happening proximate to employment destinations along the corridor. As you can see below, along each of the lines that were studied, development followed employment.
New research by David M. Levinson and Emilia Istrate from the Brookings Institute looks at capturing the value generated by improved transportation access in order to pay for more improvements. Key to this concept is the "virtuous circle."
Hicksville is located 43 kilometers east of Penn Station on the LIRR Main Line. It's a major job center of eastern Nassau County, with 25,000 jobs and a rather large shopping center adjacent to the train station. The station itself gets about 8,000 weekday boardings, more than any other suburban LIRR station except Ronkonkoma... Read On
Denver is building 119 miles of rail and 70 new stations in six years, and the Center for Transit-Oriented Development has helped develop a “TOD Typology” for the city and the county that categorizes stations according to seven ”types“ (downtown, urban neighborhood, commuter town center, etc.) and suggests a land use mix, scale, housing types, and station function for each type. CTOD has also helped draft a TOD strategic plan to prioritize planning and resources depending on the development potential of stations. The intent is to help provide certainty for communities and for developers.
People have been grouping facts and figures since the dawn of time into specific types but when Transit Oriented Development (TOD) was first starting many folks thought that it was Manhattan or bust. Of course, that isn't the case but along the way the Center for TOD has developed a different way of thinking about how places along a transit corridor and in a transit region interact with each other and support regional growth and equity. In this film series, Sam Zimbabwe, Director of the Center for TOD discusses why typologies are an important part of the planning process. This is an introduction.
For more information on TOD typologies by the Center for TOD and other planning firms, visit our Typologies featured topic page.
Part 1: Why TOD Typologies
Part 2: What Do We Need to Think About?
Part 3: Can TOD…