How Does Employment Affect Development on Transit Lines?
About two months ago the Center for TOD released a report called Rails to Real Estate. The basic gist of the report was that development along three new light rail lines was influenced by a number of different factors, some of which include income, employment proximity and walkability. But to me one factor stood out specifically. No matter where the vacant land was available, development was happening proximate to employment destinations along the corridor. As you can see below, along each of the lines that were studied, development followed employment.
As Dena Belzer of Strategic Economics pointed out recently in a discussion about transit and employment, "New development has a spatial logic to it." There is a greater gravity around employment centers for development. This is something that needs more attention and research, and it will be interesting to see where it takes us.