Schools and TOD
The Center for Cities & Schools at the University of California, Berkeley, has released a study entitled, "Putting Schools on the Map: Linking Transit-Oriented Development, Families, and Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area."
"This paper is the first of its kind; there is very little research on TOD and families and virtually no research on the relationship between TOD and schools. Therefore, we take an exploratory approach to understanding and framing these interconnections, and provide a rationale for the linkages at this nexus," the authors note.
Extensive case study research, interviews, and focus groups conducted throughout the Bay Area went into this report.
Researchers discovered that opportunies exist to use transit-oriented development to create great communities that support families and provide high-quality educational options for all children. The problem, the researchers found, is that TOD strategies rarely focus on families or include school districts in the planning process.
"Because the lives of young people are shaped by their housing, health care, employment opportunities, and safety on the streets, schools cannot be the sole institution responsible for preparing future generations to be active, engaged, and healthy citizens. Cities can, and do, play an important role. TOD is one emerging city development trend that can bridge the priorities of regional planners, local policy makers, families, students, and schools," the researchers conclude.
This study has been added to the Best Practices.