Cargo-Oriented Development Publications

New Orleans-Baton Rouge: Capturing the Value of the Economic Boom and the Freight that Supports It

March 3, 2015

Since Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans-Baton Rouge super region has been working to secure lasting economic recovery. This report offers recommendations for using cargo- and transit-oriented development to help Southeast Louisiana capture community value from its largely underutilized rail system.

Cargo-Oriented Development: Analysis and Implementation

March 20, 2014

In a growing number of cases around the country, highlighted by the examples in this report, civic and economic development organizations and local governments are collaborating with private freight companies to realize the potential of COD for sustainable development. These collaborations will improve economies and the quality of life in regions and in established communities.

Cargo-Oriented Development: Concept and Opportunity

March 20, 2014

Class I railroads are investing more than $20 billion annually in facilities and equipment. This creates a tremendous opportunity for mutually beneficial partnerships among the rail industry, logistics firms, and state and local governments. The benefits of this investment can be captured in substantially more efficient operations, environmental improvement, and job retention and creation through [...]

Building Capacity: Helping Communities Create Vibrant, Healthy and Economically Prosperous Neighborhoods

December 6, 2013

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Sustainable Communities Initiative offered support for sustainable development projects in cities and regions across the country. Grantees received access to capacity-building resources, including CNT’s team of technical experts, to help with implementation. Reconnecting America led the implementation efforts and compiled all of the resulting issue briefs [...]

People, Places + Progress: Celebrating 35 Years of Community Innovation

October 24, 2013

In honor of our 35th anniversary, CNT staff compiled stories about our 35 most game-changing innovations. People, Places + Progress chronicles CNT’s growth in capacity, reputation, and impact. From the construction of solar greenhouses to grow vegetables in what we now call “food deserts” to the development of revolutionary energy efficiency programs. From the Location Efficient Mortgage® to the Surface Transportation Policy Project. [...]

West Cook County COD+TOD Report

October 30, 2012

Report lays out two interconnected strategies (cargo-oriented development and transit-oriented development) to generate economic development and preserve natural resources in the western suburbs of Cook County. Together, these strategies can be harnessed to mitigate suburban sprawl and take cars and trucks off the road.

Chicago’s South Suburbs: Smart Growth in Older Communities

March 9, 2011

This case study tracks CNT’s work in Blue Island and Harvey and discusses the regional partnerships that developed and attracted public funding for predevelopment; eventually creating a pipeline of viable projects that has drawn the attention of developers and investors across several states.

Reconnecting Fort Wayne: Land Use and Zoning

April 1, 2008

Local governments manage their growth and boundaries by very distinct land use controls determining both where and how they grow. The most common tools used by municipalities are comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, subdivision ordinances, and building and sanitation codes.

Cargo-Oriented Development Gives TOD New Meaning in Older Communities

November 1, 2007

Among the many benefits of smart growth initiatives, building off a community’s underutilized transit and freight assets is a development strategy that can offer a rich combination of paybacks: business and job growth, viable local small businesses, cost savings for the average household, and increased home ownership opportunities.

Blue Island Plan for Economic Development: Executive Summary

June 1, 2005

Summary of the plan for Blue Island, which incorporates plans for residential and commercial redevelopment around the community’s passenger rail stop and industrial redevelopment of the cargo and freight facilities.