Melinda Pollack | Living Cities

Across the country, regions are working to improve and integrate processes to create livable communities where all residents can affordably access housing, jobs, healthcare, childcare and other essential services near transit. These efforts – often referred to as equitable transit-oriented development (TOD) – combine planning and implementation in land use, transportation, housing and economic development.

At Enterprise Community Partners, we’ve been working with the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) to support regions transitioning from planning equitable TOD into actual implementation. To help explore the challenges of implementing these visions, we have worked to understand the current state of play of equitable TOD in four western regions: the Bay Area, Denver, Los Angeles, and Seattle. We co-hosted capital absorption workshops with regional leaders in each to engage regional stakeholders in an open dialogue about their visions for implementing equitable development near transit. The workshops explored ways to strengthen local capacity for capital investment in equitable TOD through changes in policy and practice to more effectively utilize resources. Read more