Most of the emphasis to date on TOD has been around residential development – building compact, mixed-use, mixed-income housing near transit, with shops and services nearby and a variety of transportation choices. Yet economic and workforce development are just as important to incorporate into transit-oriented communities. People who can take transit to work often spend less on transportation costs, saving them money to spend on other things. Employers also benefit by locating near transit in a variety of ways, from gaining access to a larger labor pool, saving money on things like parking and health care and greater convenience to clients and customers. Workforce training providers that locate near transit give potential workers greater access to their services and also lower the cost of taking such training courses in order to find a job. This is especially important for low- to middle-skill workers, who often need training beyond high school to get a good paying…
URBAN ISSUESHow Can Affordable Housing Survive in California
San Diego Union Tribune
The future of affordable housing in California has looked bleak with reduced funding from the federal government and the elimination of redevelopment agencies, a major funding source for such development in the state.
Reconnecting America Policy Associate Sasha Forbes will be participating in an invitation-only roundtable discussion on “The High Cost of Getting Around” on June 20 in Washington, DC. Sponsored by the Center for American Progress and The Leadership Conference Education Fund will co-host a private, this roundtable brings together transportation experts, anti-poverty advocates, and civil rights advocates to identify challenges and solutions to ensure families in all communities can affordably and reliably connect to key services and opportunities — whether they rely on public transit or are in communities currently better served by vehicle ownership.
URBAN ISSUESNashville's Symphony In Trouble
Nashville has been on a roll in recent years, with a rapidly growing population (including a rapidly expanding immigrant base), robust job growth (#1 among large cities in 2012 on a percentage basis), and lots of positive national press.