August 2010

Transit-Oriented Development: Volume 22, Issue 2, 2010

This issue of Community Investments explores the growing practice of transit-oriented development (TOD) and its implications for community development. The articles provide an introduction to basic TOD concepts and also explore issues such as how transit affects economic opportunities for LMI workers and the interrelationship between transit and schools. We also examine equity issues in TOD and transit funding, and highlight models for protecting the interests of LMI communities affected by TOD.

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Table of Contents

CI Notebook

For many of us, transit is simply a means to an end—a way to get from one place to another. So you may be asking yourself, “What does transit have to do with community development?”

The Role of Transportation Planning and Policy in Shaping Communities

A look back at the outcomes of transportation policy and planning of the past, and an exploration of how transit-oriented development can lead to more equitable outcomes for the future.

Weaving Together Vibrant Communities through Transit-Oriented Development

An overview of transit-oriented development (TOD) and a discussion of strategies for implementing successful TOD initiatives, especially those that benefit low- and moderate-income communities.

Making the Connection: Transit-Oriented Development and Jobs

Linking working families to viable employment opportunities through strategically located affordable housing and accessible transit options.

Linking Transit-Oriented Development, Families and Schools

Identifying the key connections between transit-oriented development, families and schools, and their implications for fostering successful mixed-income, family-oriented TOD.

Equipping Communities to Achieve Equitable Transit-Oriented Development

Examining tools and strategies from across the country that can help mitigate the potential negative impacts of TOD and maximize the benefits for LMI communities.

Stronger Transit, Better Transit-Oriented Development

An exploration of the social and environmental benefits of transit-oriented development and the challenges associated with reduced transit funding.

Community Financial Access Pilot: Creating Templates for Expanding Financial Opportunities

Preliminary findings from the Community Financial Access Pilot, a two-year effort to increase access to financial services and financial education among LMI households.

Research Briefs

Research briefs on payday loans and bankruptcy, hospitals and workforce development, the effects of shared housing on formerly homeless people, and the impact of low income housing tax credits on local schools.

Doctor CRA

I just got back from my summer vacation, and it seems like a lot has happened with the CRA. Can you help me get caught up?

Data Snapshot: Transportation and Households

Transportation related costs make up a significant share of household expenditures, particularly for lower-income households and those located in neighborhoods with limited access to transit.