From Investing in What Works for America's Communities
Smith and Brooks state that mobility is integral to community development, to ensure that communities are regionally integrated and connected. Conversely, equity must be an integral part of regional locational and development decisions, including in particular around transportation and transit-oriented development. This requires collaboration and integration across disciplines (such as housing development and transit system development) whose scale and timelines are very different, and in an era of limited resources, data and analysis must be used to focus investment where it has the greatest impact. Fortunately, most metro areas have significant places with "good infrastructure bones"—Opportunity Areas that should be the focus of both transportation and business investment.
Authors: John Robert Smith, Reconnecting America
Allison Brooks, Reconnecting America
Date of Publication: August, 2012
Last Updated: August, 2012