Part II of II: Urbanization is Transforming Suburban Markets
Transit-oriented communities are the future of urbanization in Southern California. While the transit system is still expanding, there are already several transit-oriented projects throughout the region and local incentives are fueling more transit projects. These projects will become the urban centers of Southern California and will also help to fuel vibrant economic activity. DLR Group Associate Jose Sanchez, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, sits down with GlobeSt.com to talk through this trend.
Transit-Oriented Communities (TOD’s)
Mixed-use developments that impersonate downtown-style living thrive where there is a catalytic agent that provides its energy. This includes adjacencies to a historic core, universities, corporations, and especially transit corridors. Although car culture has ruled in the United States, more suburbs are defined by public transport links. According to the American Public Transportation Association, nearly 85% of transportation ballot initiatives passed during the 2018 midterm elections.
Future development of transit corridors and associated terminals and stations will become centers of urban activity and economic catalysts. These nodes are central to an urbanized lifestyle which depend less on vehicles and instead, instigate transit-friendly developments. These compact, walkable, mixed-use developments increase density and in kind reduce the dependence on vehicles. With the advent of autonomous vehicles and first-and-last-mile solutions, the transit hubs will become centralized city centers for commercial, residential, institutional and entertainment.
Los Angeles World Airport Automated People Mover by DLR Group. Rendering © DLR Group.
GS: Where is this trend unfolding in Southern California, and why?
Sanchez: Today, Los Angeles is the in the middle of America’s most ambitious mass transit construction project. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Twenty-eight by ‘28 transit initiative aims to accelerate and complete 28 projects by the 2028 Olympics, much of which includes expanding transit to suburban communities in the East San Fernando and San Gabriel Valley areas.
In conjunction with the Mayor’s office, city planning released incentivized guidelines for TOD’s that will help create density and mix of uses, as well as affordable housing all within one-half mile radius surrounding major transit stops. Metro also released a set of guidelines aimed at boosting development of transit-oriented communities as well as encouraged joint public/private developments with Metro that requires density, mix of uses, walkability and sustainability.
Spurred by transit expansion, incentives and accessibility, dense, walkable, transit-oriented projects are planned or are under construction.
This content was originally published in GlobeSt.com.