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Example of equitable transit-oriented development

Denver West Corridor

  • Regional Transportation District facilitated public involvement through an urban design committee, public meetings, and small group meetings
  • a large amount of price speculation has surrounded land values along the West Corridor, which has resulted in unrealistic asking prices for real estate
  • the proactive land-acquisition strategies designed to create more affordable housing along the West Corridor have themselves caused concern that this part of the region will not offer an adequate amount of mixed-income housing, which could hinder the area's economic development potential
  • local governments in the region rely heavily on sales taxes for their revenue base and generally desire large amounts of retail-rather than residential- uses in new development

 

Seattle Central Link

  • the city has amended other zoning regulations for station areas, such as prohibiting drive-in business, eliminating parking requirements, and increasing the State Environmental Policy Act threshold, all with an eye to encouraging pedestrian-friendly development
  • Some riders have complained about the lack of parking. To address these concerns (...) the city is allowing parking on a limited, interim basis in some locations
  • development near the line also faces legal obstacles. The state of Washington's constitution does not allow public funds to be used for "private benefit"
  • Although many see light rail as an asset that can help revitalize the community, some see it as a threat as well, fearing that communities in the Rainier Valley will be displaced by market-rate development

 

Minneapolis-St.Paul Central Corridor

  • several new organizations and partnerships have been formed to address the interests of corridor stakeholders
  • Despite all the efforts tot involve the communities located along the Central Corridor in the development and building process, some residents remain skeptical. Their slepticism is partly based on displacement that tool place in the wake of local transportation projects in the past

 

Atlanta Beltline

  • Development of the Atlanta Beltline has involved comprehensive corridor-wide planning prior to construction, which may prove advantageous to channeling and facilitating economic growth
  • this project faces the upcoming challenge of obtaining federal and local funding, in addition to the pricate donations
  • another challenge for the Atlanta Beltline is obtaining the rights of way necessary for construction

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*1:Promoting Cross-Sector Partnerships for Equitable Transit-Oriented Development