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Title: A New-Found Popularity for TODs? Lessons from Southern California

Author(s): Loukaitou-Sideris, A.

Published: 2010 by Journal of Urban Design, 15(1): 49-68

Online Access: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a918662431~db=all~jumptype=rss

Abstract: In the late 1980s and early 1990s a number of academics and planners enthusiastically espoused the concept of transit-oriented development (TOD), but actual construction and implementation of TOD projects was slow to follow. Empirical studies of the time showed that new transit lines had a rather timid effect in triggering new development along their corridors. This seems to have changed in recent years, and many more TOD projects have started appearing along new railway corridors. The study uses two light rail lines in Los Angeles County to explain the new-found popularity of TODs. Drawing from interviews with architects, planners and developers, the study outlines the new opportunities but also challenges faced by transit-oriented development today.

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