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.
Proposed zoning changes in Charlotte, NC would incentivize affordable housing around existing and future transit stations through height bonuses.
A new fund has been launched to acquire vacant lots, underutilized properties, and existing buildings to support the preservation and construction of mixed-income housing near Indianapolis’ bus routes and three future bus rapid transit lines.
In an attempt to address the extreme housing shortage in California, State Senator Scott Wiener has introduced a bill that would rezoning much of the state, allowing construction of new homes in job- and transit-rich neighborhoods. The new bill builds on one that failed to gain traction in last year’s legislature.
In Chicago, TOD is seen as a positive influence with environmental, fiscal, and health benefits for everyone. Yet new development near transit doesn’t seem to be happening everywhere in Chicago, especially in neighborhoods with high poverty rates and a history of redlining and segregation on the South and West sides. Now, more advocates and organizations are starting to bring investment to these communities.
Affordable housing that is largely “naturally occurring” (i.e. market rate) and single-family zoning that covers half of the land near proposed stations is sparking concerns on Portland’s potential Southwest Corridor light rail line.
Last week the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Board of Directors approved moving forward with developer negotiations for new buildings at the Lake Merritt Station in Oakland. Their approach offers plenty of interesting ideas for transit agencies that work with developers.
Recently, a tour group of officials from Hamilton, Ontario visited the Twin Cities looking for solutions to displacement, housing affordability, and other potential issues. They found plenty of ideas.
New zoning proposed for three transit neighborhoods along Los Angeles’ Orange Line bus rapid transit route would allow “missing middle” housing and taller apartment buildings and guide development through 2040.
Seattle is taking steps to make sure that its new light rail stations will serve people with low- and moderate-incomes—those who stand to benefit most from the new transit access—by combining traditional TOD with a focus on equity (also known as equitable TOD or eTOD).