In many cities across the U.S., the urban environment is being redesigned and built around transportation hubs. This allows people to access the train, metro, or bus near their home in order to ride to work, appointments, meetings, shopping, etc.
Between 2008 and 2011, those properties in many cities across the nation, which were fortunate to be located near these transportation hubs, kept their value during the recession at a rate 40 percent better than properties which were further from those hubs. (from a study by the American Association of Realtors).
Urban Design needs to include mass transit in order to be relevant in today’s society. The best approach to this policy is Transit Oriented Design (TOD). Many books and studies have shown the many benefits of TOD for cities and towns. Some of this material is listed on our Links page.