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Kid-Friendly TODs

  • Author(s): Cervero, Robert
  • Sullivan, Cathleen
  • et al.

Transit-oriented developments, or TODs, are commonly thought to appeal to non-traditional households. This paper reviews experiences with TODs, drawn mainly from Europe, that are kid-friendly. What makes them attractive to families are extensive shared green spaces and playgrounds in lieu of surface parking, no-traffic zones, and ample play spaces and cycling paths. Mixed land uses, high-levels of nearby transit services, and defensible spaces also have appeal. In some instances, higher rents reflect these benefits. Reducing on-site parking requirements and introducing transfer mechanisms that help cover the higher costs of family-size affordable units near rail stops can help promote kid-friendly TODs.

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