Reconnecting America Vice President for Communications Gloria Ohland is quoted in a story in the April 22nd issue of the New York Times: “The basic reason that transit-oriented development is working in Utah and other places is largely demographic,” said Gloria Ohland, vice president for communications at Reconnecting America, a national transit research group based in Oakland, Calif. “American households are older, smaller and more diverse,” she said. “Singles are 41 percent of the population. People who are single and couples that have no children — those are the people who gravitate to cities.” To read the full article, follow this link:
Shelley Poticha warns that it’s not enough just to build transit and expect that development will come; and, conversely, that developers should realize the extent to which they can leverage the public investment in transit: the lesson is that public-private ventures can realize benefits for all. Shelley and Gloria Ohland explain “Why streetcars and why now?” Gloria discusses how Denver’s TOD Strategic Plan is being used to prioritize TOD projects that can catalyze the market. And Mariia Zimmerman writes about the importance of creating and preserving diverse and equitable TOD.
"There is this whole dynamic and irony at play here," says Gloria Ohland, vice president for communications at Reconnecting America, a national non-profit group that promotes giving consumers more housing and transportation choices. "Unless there are parking spaces, you're not going to get people to use transit."
Shelley Poticha discusses lessons learned around the country about how the public sector can best “set the table” for TOD. Scott Bernstein and Carrie Makarewicz from the Center for Neighborhood Technology (a partner in the Center for TOD) discuss our Affordability Index, which calculates the sum of housing and transportation costs as a percent of income to show the savings that can result from living in transit-rich mixed-use communities. Gloria Ohland writes about how and where the private sector is helping finance new rail lines and stations. And more …
Reconnecting America's Gloria Ohland faces off against author Robert Bruegmann in the LA Times editorial section all this week on the subject of smart growth in Los Angeles. Each day they tackle a different aspect of the topic, from urban sprawl to the environment.
Southern California is on the cusp of change in the way we live and get around, changes dictated by the never-ending problem of traffic as well as demographic shifts: retiring Baby Boomers, a big increase in single-person households, a decline in the number of families with children - that are causing dramatic changes in the housing market... Read On
With gas prices spiking and home values crumbling, the American dream of commuting to work from the fringes of suburbia has become an American nightmare. Many are facing a hard choice: Paying for gas or paying the mortgage. How did it come to this? NOW on PBS takes a close-up look at our inadequate transportation network. The show (click on photo to watch video) includes an interview with Gloria Ohland, Reconnecting America's vice president for communications.
This is the first installment in "Blueprint America," a year-long, PBS-wide series focusing on the nation's infrastructure. "Blueprint America" is an initiative of Thirteen/WNET.
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