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Transit-Oriented Development and Cargo-Oriented Development

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Today, with development of new communities and redevelopment of older urban areas, there is increasing interest in increasing public transportation. Reducing congestion and addressing environmental concerns are now the focus.During the past few decades there have been initiatives to decrease travel times and increase access to services to reduce environmental and congestion problems. One such initiative is transit-oriented development in older municipalities to take advantage of light rail and bus service to get people around. The emphasis is on developing housing to be within one-half mile of public transportation and retail business. Walking and bicycle pathways also give citizens of these communities more healthful travel options. The transit-oriented development concept led to a similar industry objective: cargo oriented development or logistics cluster. The purpose of these strategies is to increase close local employment opportunities by bringing distribution and industrial operations together to serve industry needs. By improving abandoned lands and developing vacant properties with cargo-oriented development in mind, employment and living quality is improved within these clusters.There is a positive connection between transit-oriented development and cargo-oriented development communities; one’s needs are met by the other’s available resources. 

The Center for Neighborhood Technology is a nonprofit research and advocacy organization that has worked with community developers to tie these transit-oriented development and cargo-oriented development together.

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Quality of Life, (e)Quality of Place

by CNT and Open Communities
January 15, 2015

Rail transit anchors downtowns and neighborhoods in communities throughout Chicago’s northern suburbs and across the region, but many of these communities are falling behind in creating mixed-income transit-oriented development. This guidebook offers case studies, policy recommendations, and public participation tools to help suburbs build affordable, accessible housing around transit.

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