Reconnecting America Vice President for Communications Gloria Ohland is quoted in a story in the April 22nd issue of the New York Times: “The basic reason that transit-oriented development is working in Utah and other places is largely demographic,” said Gloria Ohland, vice president for communications at Reconnecting America, a national transit research group based in Oakland, Calif. “American households are older, smaller and more diverse,” she said. “Singles are 41 percent of the population. People who are single and couples that have no children — those are the people who gravitate to cities.” To read the full article, follow this link:
Portland, Oregon, known for its wet weather and micro-brewed beer, is the destination of choice for those seeking to better understand transit-oriented development. This is understandable — Portland is ahead of the curve when it comes to coordinating transportation and land use and creating dense, walkable, transit-oriented neighborhoods with a lot to see and do. You can take light rail into downtown from the airport, easily walk to hotels, restaurants, shops, and parks, and take the streetcar all around the Pearl District, downtown, and the new South Waterfront District – still under construction -- and from there take an aerial tram to the Oregon Health and Sciences University high atop Marquam Hill.