A church-based community development corporation on Chicago’s west side is using a recently modernized rail transit line as the backbone of an ambitious retail and single family home development plan that it hopes will transform some of this city's toughest streets.
Transit-oriented development, or TOD, is a type of community development that includes a mixture of housing, office, retail and/or other amenities integrated into a walkable neighborhood and located within a half-mile of quality public transportation. At Reconnecting America, we believe it is essential that TOD creates better access to jobs, housing and opportunity for people of all ages and incomes. Successful TOD provides people from all walks of life with convenient, affordable and active lifestyles and create places where our children can play and our parents can grow old comfortably.
Reconnecting America (@reconnecting) and its partners in the Center for Transit-Oriented Development were out at Rail~Volution in Washington, DC, Oct. 16-19. A full list of their workshops and seminars appears in the right sidebar.
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A National Review of State, Regional and Local Programs that Fund Transit-Oriented Development Plans and Projects
With the differing political landscape, unique development market, and mixture of key players from place to place, there is a great deal of variety in TOD funding programs between states, regions, transit agencies and localities. In some cases, smaller grants support the completion of many station-area plans, while in other places larger loans are used to advance catalytic development projects. Some programs target public agencies, while others provide resources directly to private and non-profit developers.
This report provides information on 42 programs, including 18 state-level, 15 regional and transit agency, and 9 local programs. Twenty-eight of the programs provide funding for implementation, 19 give money for planning and 11 for property acquisition. (Many of the programs allow funding to be used for more than one purpose, i.e. implementation and planning.)