A lot of attention has recently been centered on what is considered to be “the most detailed portrait yet of income mobility in the United States” The study, jointly conducted by economics faculty at Harvard and UC Berkeley, reinforces past research on the subject of income mobility, in that children born into poverty face great difficulty in rising out of poverty over their lifetime. What makes this particular study unique is how it highlights the stark differences of opportunities for lifetime income mobility across the metropolitan areas of America, which, as summarized by David Leonhardt of the New York Times, “allows researchers to consider local factors that previous mobility studies could not – including a region’s geography.”
An applied research paper presented to the faculty of the school of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Institute of Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for master's degree in city and regional planning has been added to the Resource Center best practices data base.
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Transit planning is well underway, lines have been built, but what more can partners do to leverage the potential of their networks to support transit-oriented districts and economic development goals? How can we ensure that new investment and development actually leverage our transit assets? What strategies will address equity issues like risk of displacement or training residents near transit for the jobs that transit connects? And how does one answer these questions for the tens, if not hundreds of stops in a transit system?
This webinar highlights an approach that many regions are taking to answer these difficult questions: the Regional TOD Strategy. Experts from the Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Seattle regions discussed their experiences with developing, communicating and implementing regional TOD strategies that are grounded in an implementation, place-based typology approach that prioritizes station areas for different types of…
Policy Associate Sasha Forbes discussed urban sustainability and the connections between TOD and its impact on sustainability as a whole at The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars in Washington, DC. Forbes works on federal, state, and local level transit-oriented development policies and research projects, particularly as they relate to affordable housing, mixed-income housing, and sustainable communities.
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…
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.
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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.