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    Cyburbian
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    What makes good transit oriented development?

    In my planning studio here at ASU we have to give a presentation which basically explains what TOD is, what makes good TOD, and give some examples throughout the US (such as Portland and Denver). This will lead into further presentations on TOD in Phoenix based on sites for the Light Rail we call the "Camelback corridor" (for our class, its between 19th Ave. and 7th St., with a north/south border of Colter St. and Highland Ave.). Thats later. However, can anyone share what they think makes good TOD?

    We've researched and have come up with generic examples, such as property values have gone up around TOD (as well as homes), increased use of light rail or whatever is in a given city (bus, heavy rail, etc.), decrease in personal vehicle use, commercial developments experiencing decent to good revenue, etc.

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    Something that plays a big role in TOD that can get overlooked is the retail component. It has to be of a type that it will attract customers, rather than be something that people ignore while they rush past on their way to/from the transit/LRT stop. It may need to be a mixture of regular shops for the residents of the TOD area, but also with some special/boutique type uses to attract people to come to the area from elsewhere via transit.

    Some links:

    http://www.calgary.ca/DocGallery/BU/...d_handbook.pdf

    http://www.calgary.ca/DocGallery/BU/...guidelines.pdf

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    Thanks a lot DPP

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    Google the Fruitvale BART TOD, in the SF Bay Area. Along the lines that DPP mentioned, I believe they had some initial problems with attracting people to their retail but have been doing better lately.

    I can send you a couple pictures of the development if you're interested.

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    Here are the links I gathered for my school research project: http://www.solanorail.org/links.shtml

    I hope that helps.

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    There is no shortage of programs, each with various criteria, for evaluating development for its compatibility with smart growth principles or TOD objectives. Most of these programs will have a module specifically for transportation. Examples of criteria include vehicle miles travelled, employment density, number of residents within a quarter mile of transit, and so on.

    Here is a link to a summary list:http://www.smartcommunities.ncat.org/landuse/tools.shtml

    I am most familiar with PLACES (used extensively in the Sacramento region for the Blueprint regional planning project) and INDEX. Both have been useful for evaluating alternative development scenarios for how well they met planning objectives.

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