Urban Corridors and learning from Dallas' transit mistake
Well, I'm finally back from a very successful conference for OpenTeams
. Today's super busy with conference followups, so I'm just going to pass this blurb from Planetizen
along on the importance of the Urban Corridors initiative in Houston to get the most value possible out of our investment in the core LRT/BRT network.
If the Denver Region does not use transit as a growth shaping tool and simply builds FasTracks I see no induced or growth benefit. By analogy this is what maybe happening in Dallas, and it might be a future for what could happen in Denver. You spend a few billion dollars and build a huge transit system, then you take a passive role in shaping growth around the system and the real estate market pretty much ignores you. That is essentially what has happened in Dallas, a few very nice TODs and higher land values near transit, but the growth of the Dallas Metroplex follows freeways much more than transit. You can also do lots of TOD planning and not act on the plans (Miami, Atlanta and Fairfax County in the 1980s and 90s) and get little or no benefit.
On another note, I need to apologize for the duplicate post email that went out to everyone on the email list last night. I updated the last post with a link to the Chronicle, who printed my Viewpoints letter yesterday
, and when I hit Save instead of Publish, it saved it as a draft, removing it from the blog. Of course, when I fixed the mistake by republishing it, it resent the email to the Google Group. Again, sorry for the inbox clutter.
Labels: mixed-use, rail