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.”
A report exploring whether growing segregation between rich and poor influences attitudes toward welfare programs and the recipients of welfare payments has been added to the Resource Center best practices database.
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.
In 2003, Columbia University announced its plan to expand its Morningside Heights into a 17-acre area of West Harlem known as Manhattanville. The University’s expansion plan called for the acquisition and demolition of all but three buildings in the project’s footprint and the construction of a state of the art campus over a roughly 30-year period. This article examines the discourses, debates and politics surrounding the project and, in particular, the University’s demand for exclusive control of the site and ultimate pursuit of eminent domain. To that end, university officials claimed that the expansion would bolster the city’s knowledge based economy and, as a consequence, serve the “public good”— a requirement for the exercise of eminent domain. By contrast, critics of the project argued for a mixed-use redevelopment plan that would include affordable housing and other community-deined amenities.
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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.
I commend the leaders of the Senate Transportation-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee, Chairman Patty Murray and Ranking Member Susan Collins, for the passage of their bipartisan bill funding critical housing and transportation programs. The investments called for in this bill in our transit, rail, and road networks and in neighborhoods and communities across the country will strengthen America's economic resilience and improve the daily lives of millions of families.
Of particular importance are the HUD Integrated Planning and Investment Grants. The $75 million set aside for this program will support integrated regional and local planning for housing, transportation, and other infrastructure in urban and rural areas around the country. By coordinating regional investment and implementation strategies, this funding will help to create stronger communities for all while getting the most out of every dollar invested.
I am also extremely pleased to see continued focus on improving and…
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…