Many cities and regions throughout the nation are expanding public transportation options. As residents and workers face new transportation investments, how do they ensure these investments benefit their communities and reflect their vision? Further, as transit offers the possibility of lowering household transportation costs and offering options for truly affordable living, how can we ensure that low-income residents reap this benefit? How can communities advocate strategically for equitable Transit-Oriented-Development (TOD) as they work – often for the first time - with transit agencies, local elected officials, developers and land use planning staff?
With support from the Southern California Field Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and in partnership with Move LA, Reconnecting America, and Strategic Actions for a Just Economy, Enterprise Community Partners presents a popular education curriculum for equitable TOD with a focus on affordable housing. This innovative curriculum has been designed as a “train the trainers” for use by nonprofit housing development agencies and community groups who are engaging in community revitalization and transit planning initiatives and involving their community residents in these efforts. The target audience is residents and community members who might be engaging in transit-oriented development (TOD) planning efforts for the first time, and translates complex terms and concepts into language everyone can understand.
While the focus of the curriculum is on TOD, many of the modules have much wider applicability in educating and engaging community residents. Each module contains interactive, hands-on activities, and can be utilized individually or combined for longer workshop sessions. Currently focused on the City of Los Angeles, the curriculum can be customized for individual communities and neighborhoods as needed. The curriculum includes presentations, talking points, and instructions for each module and is also offered in Spanish.