South of The Loop in Chicago, a developer is eyeing the rail yard across from Soldier Field as the site for the city’s next mega development. The project, called One Central, has been the talk of the town and is in the middle of big discussions about what role the developer, the city, and the state play in building a major transit hub.
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Charlotte is booming. Since 2003, upwards of 12,000 new housing units have opened along the LYNX Blue line. But when planners went back to look at the development over the last decade, they weren’t entirely satisfied with the results. So the city decided to create new TOD zoning that would better reflect the needs and context of different stations as we hear on this month’s episode of Building Better Communities with Transit.
Denver’s newest commuter rail line— the G Line—connects Union Station with the northwest suburbs of Arvada and Wheat Ridge. With 15 minute headways between 6 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., the line is expected to attract thousands of riders from the thousands of planned, under construction, or completed housing units along its path.
New research out of the University of North Carolina (UNC) is calling into question the widespread assumption that newly constructed transit lines cause the displacement of low-income residents near stations.
One hundred and fifty years after the completion of the transcontinental railroad near Ogden, Utah, the city hopes to use the celebration of the railroad’s milestone to jump start development around Union Station that will incorporate housing, office space, and green space.
This month on Building Better Communities with Transit we’re joined by Maritza Pechin, a planner with AECOM who works with city staff in Richmond on long-range planning. On the podcast, Maritza talks about the Pulse and the broader bus network redesign that was rolled out at the same time. In a wide ranging conversation, Jeff Wood and Maritza discuss how the new system is bring people back to transit, how the city might tackle housing affordability, and what big ideas the city is considering for the future.
To look at how property values and taxes have changed within St. Paul around the construction and opening of the Green Line light rail, the Pioneer Press examined all properties within roughly two blocks of the line between 2012 to 2017. They found some mixed but interesting results.
FTA has placed in the Federal Register docket and on its website proposed changes to Joint Development Guidance (Circular (7050.1A). The changes would increase flexibility for transit agencies to pursue joint development projects, resulting in more value capture opportunities that help create value for both transit systems and surrounding communities. The guidance also would streamline … Continued
Green field development around new light rail stations south of Denver will create 32 city blocks mixing office, retail, and residential spaces for approximately 5,000 residents and 40,000 jobs in the future.
New York City’s latest mega development—Hudson Yards—covered acres of train tracks and industrial land with a 37,000 ton platform allowing for the (re)development of 45 square blocks of prime New York City real estate. There are criticisms of Hudson Yards, but it is also seen as a case study in innovative finance and the use of value capture to fund affordable housing, green space, and transit and street infrastructure.