Bringing Equity to Transit-Oriented Development: Stations, Systems, and Regional Resilience

By Rolf Pendall (in Urban and Regional Policy and its Effects, volume 4, Brooking Institution, February 2012)

In his chapter in volume 4 of this series, Pendall couples transit development with equity issues. In other words, how do you build transit routes and stations that serve low-income communities instead of pushing them out with the gentrification that can follow well-designed transit? Using case studies in four cities,  Pendall considers issues of affordable housing, mixed-used development, and other opportunities to inject equity into transit development. An earlier version, presented at Urban and Regional Policy and its Effects, Washington, DC, May 21, 2010 is available here.

A blog post, How Equity in Transit Development Can Strengthen Regions, explores many of these issues.

Volume 4 in the series introduces and examines the concept of regional resilience. The authors illuminate how the walls that now segment metro regions into political jurisdictions must be bridged in order for regions to cultivate resilience. In addition to a thorough overview of both regionalism and resilience, chapters examine how a regional perspective plays out in the foreclosure crisis, immigration policies, transit-oriented development, and in extending the social safety net to the suburbs, where poverty is increasing but social services are not.