Introduction and curation by GB Arrington, Principal, GB Place Making, Portland, OR
PRESENTATION: “Getting TOD Right- Reflections from 40 Years of Doing TOD”
By GB Arrington, Principal, GB Place Making, Portland, OR Presentated at Rail~Volution 2015TOD101GBPM2015Final
This presentation is a mix of TOD fundamentals, insights and some myth busters drawing on my 40+ years of working on TOD.
Development adjacent to transit is not TOD. Nor is TOD a single project. TOD is a district, a collection of uses, a community that has been shaped by transit in terms of: greater density than the community average, less parking, a better public realm, a mix of uses, being very walkable and taming the car to make it behave.
Most of us know something about TOD. But just as Columbus had to “unlearn” the world was flat to discover America, we have to unlearn some commonly held TOD beliefs if we want to be more effective. The influence of mode, distance, transit design and what success looks like are worthy of reevaluation.
Transit-Oriented regions don’t happen overnight. City shaping with transit takes time and normally follows an evolution. The first step typically is education and advocacy. Getting TOD supportive land use plans in place and making TOD legal by changing zoning comes next. Focusing on implementation, building new tools and creating TOD districts follows. Ultimately you reach the point where TOD has transformed your region, become part of its DNA and the world beats a path to your door to see how you did it.
Depending on where you sit the value TOD brings is a little different. Transit agencies, cities, the community and developers all benefit from TOD and for slightly different reasons. At the end of the day a successful TOD comes down to the fundamentals of a great neighborhood: safe streets, a strong center, local services, parks & open space, housing choices, and good jobs.
– GB Arrington is one of the world’s most respected innovators in Transit Oriented Development (TOD). GB specializes in TOD and linking the design of transit to enable development. He and his wife, Cathy live in a TOD in Portland, Oregon. GB is one of the founders of the Rail~Volution conference.
CASE STUDY: Transit Oriented Development Workshop Sketchbook- SunRail
By GB Arrington and SunRail, Summer 2011
The SunRail Commuter Rail project is one key to providing long term economic strength for Central Florida. The addition of this innovative transportation option will provide a transportation alternative to the region’s road system, making the area more attractive to businesses and improving residents’ quality of life.
The Commuter Rail line is just a start to achieve the desired economic and quality of life bene ts. When station areas are integrated into surrounding communities, the full advantage of the public investment in transit will be realized. In other words, development around stations must be shaped by transit to create walkable, mixed-use places that provide needed services for users and others. This type of development is called transit-oriented development (TOD).
MAKE THE CASE: “Making the Case for TOD”
By: GB Arrington, GB Place Making, April 14, 2016
An urban revolution is sweeping across North America at transit stations and major bus stops. Driven by shifting real estate preferences more and more people are making housing choices and businesses are increasingly locating high value jobs in transit accessible locations. In a phrase it’s Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). Read more..
The first chapter of “Moving Beyond the Automobile” is a great three-minute intro to Transit-Oriented Development and New Jersey’s east coast.
Photo credit: Flickr- Montgomery County Planning Commission