A growing body of literature recognizes that the concentration of growth in urban centers and transit-oriented developments (TOD) can limit negative effects associated with decentralized growth and improve the overall quality of life in our region.
A new report was recently released, entitled “From Barriers to Solutions and Best Practices: Urban Centers and TOD in Washington” distills the benefits and challenges of implementing compact, transit-oriented development in the central Puget Sound region.
The report is the second study commissioned by the Quality Growth Alliance from the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies in the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments. The first report compiled national and international TOD and town center resources in an annotated bibliography.
These reports address a wide range of issues from design, to lack of leadership, and to community resistance. The need to fund infrastructure, build strong interagency collaboration, and address a variety of legal and regulatory barriers is emphasized.
Together this body of work represents a significant resource for public and private stakeholders who are tackling the challenges of creating high-quality urban development. To read more, download the PDF here.