drbubb Posted December 17, 2007 Report Share Posted December 17, 2007 The transit village, is finally popping up all over the Bay Area. By building a mix of housing and services near BART, Caltrain and light-rail stations, they bring together the same conveniences of transit and pedestrian-friendly shops that make established urban enclaves so desirable. It's all part of the mid-'90s New Urbanism movement, which calls for a renewal of the charms and conveniences of an urban landscape designed for people rather than parking. New Urbanism preaches that a diversity of housing types is better for both community and consumers than an either/or choice of suburban sprawl or highrise urban towers. = = images: Article: "What's Preventing Utopia? The time has more than come for transit villages, so why aren't more people flocking to them?" :: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?...CMGTL7G20O1.DTL EXCERPTS: 1/ The number of those who fit the New Urbanism profile, who like corner cafes and easier commutes, is significant and growing. According to a study produced by the Congress for New Urbanism, nearly 25 percent of the middle- aged population and some 53 percent of "Echo Boomers" (ages 24 to 34) would choose to live in transit-rich, walkable neighborhoods. A recent national marketing assessment found that demand for housing within walking distance of transit will more than double by 2025, says Shelley Poticha, executive director of the nonprofit Center for Transit-Oriented Development. 2/ Security, she reports, is "excellent," and the well-lit Village has even improved the surrounding nighttime street scene 3/ Like it or not, we need to dispense with the idea that we can solve our housing shortage by paving over the counties to the south and east with four- lane streets and five houses to the acre. If there's one thing environmentalists and the local business community agree on, it's that stratospheric housing prices and the regional costs of sprawl are threatening to strangle the region's livability. (Note: prices were still rising when this was written in 2004.) 4/ With commute times and house prices both stretched to the breaking point, there's a sulfurous whiff of rancor in the air these days around suburban growth. Cultural critics such as David Brooks have drawn their rapiers in defense of suburbia, finding the American Dream and diversity within its homogeneity, while fed-up residents of the very bedroom communities he extols are rising up in rebellion against more development. It's beyond refute that three- to four-hour daily commutes deplete home and community life, and that the environmental costs of traffic congestion -- not to mention the obesity of the drivers -- rise in direct proportion to the driving distance from urban centers = = = = = LINKS: Transit Villages site : http://www.transitvillages.org VWMP plans site.... : http://www.vmwp.com/urban/urban_projects/transit.html Hercules project..... : http://www.lgc.org/freepub/land_use/models/hercules.html Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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