A livable community has affordable and appropriate housing, supportive features and services, and adequate mobility options for people, regardless of age or ability. As communities address the general shortage of affordable housing, preserving affordable housing in transit-oriented developments (TODs) is one of the challenges that communities can address to increase their livability.
TODs are compact, walkable, mixed-use communities that are developed around high-quality public transportation. Residents often prize these places for the advantages created by the proximity to transportation and other amenities. One consequence of this desirability is that it can increase land and property values, exacerbating housing affordability challenges.
As policymakers try to extend the benefits of TODs to affordable housing locations, they must ensure that those benefits are available to people of low and moderate incomes and to those with different mobility…
Transit-oriented development (TOD) may seem like a new-fangled notion, and in fact has particularly gained momentum and cachet in the past decade; but it is in fact a strategy as old as some of Philadelphia’s oldest neighborhoods. Then, as now, neighborhoods became more vibrant and livable to the extent that new development could be oriented to transit access and to the value of the mobility it afforded. Conversely, neighborhoods have suffered in vibrancy and livability when reinvestment has been hindered or when there has been little or no coordination with transportation infrastructure.
So it is appropriate that transit-oriented development is a major focus of NeighborhoodsNow. It is also an appropriate moment for the release of this publication, “Transit-Oriented Development in Philadelphia: Using a Proven Strategy to Create More Vibrant, Livable Neighborhoods.”
Philadelphia has enjoyed a resurgence in development activity in the past decade; and in…
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) has produced several studies and station area plans that support transit-oriented development (TOD) in its nine-county region. By encouraging development around rail and bus facilities, DVRPC hopes to bring new investment to established communities, while also promoting increased transit ridership.
This document includes a TOD plan for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s (SEPTA) pending reopening of the Wawa rail station in Chester Heights Borough, Delaware County. Prior to 1986, SEPTA’s R3 Regional Rail line extended west from Center City Philadelphia to West Chester in Chester County. Today the R3 line ends at Elwyn station in Middletown Township, Delaware County. In the 21 years that have elapsed since SEPTA discontinued rail service beyond Elwyn, western Delaware County has experienced significant population and job growth.
SEPTA currently plans to reinstate R3 Regional Rail service…
The Frankford Avenue Corridor Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Plan provides a vision and framework for redevelopment of three station areas – about a quarter-mile radius around three stations on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority’s (SEPTA) Market-Frankford EL. These stations are located in the Frankford neighborhood of northeast Philadelphia. SEPTA has reconstructed parts of the EL line and developed a multi-modal transit hub at Frankford. Wishing to leverage these investments, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission asked the consultant team led by Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC (WRT) to develop TOD-based land use plans and redevelopment guidelines for the Frankford Avenue neighborhood commercial corridor, which runs adjacent to EL.
Transit Oriented Development refers to compact, pedestrian-oriented mixed use development, characterized by moderate to high density development around transit stations. The consultant team…
The Market Street Corridor Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Plan provides a vision and framework for redevelopment of five station areas – about a quarter-mile radius around five stations on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority’s (SEPTA) Market-Frankford EL located in various neighborhoods of West Philadelphia. SEPTA is currently reconstructing EL stations in West Philadelphia. Wishing to leverage these investments, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission asked the consultant team led by Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC (WRT) to develop TOD-based land use plans and redevelopment guidelines for the Market Street commercial corridor, which runs adjacent to EL.
Transit Oriented Development refers to compact, pedestrian-oriented mixed use development, characterized by moderate to high density development around transit stations. The consultant team developed land use and urban design plans for high opportunity sites to create…