Institutional Response to Transit Oriented Development in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area: Understanding Local Differences Through the Prism of Density, Diversity, and Design

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The objective of the proposed study is to examine local initiatives and institutional responses to transit developments, their evolution over the last 25 years, and the extent to which institutional responses to promote transit neighborhood idea have been explored, developed, and implemented.  Drawing on Los Angeles County’s diverse institutional, political, and socioeconomic landscape, what inferences can be drawn about local governments’ response to the design and planning of transit-oriented developments (TODs), their relative success, and future outlook? What lessons might we glean about the essential performance characteristics for designing a transit neighborhood from the short yet dynamic history of transit expansion in metropolitan Los Angeles?

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Urban Mobility

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Professor and James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning, Sol Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California
650 Childs Way
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall (RGL) 301A
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
United States


Program Director, USC Center for Economic Development
University of Southern California
University Gateway - 3335 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

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Start and End Dates

9/1/2017 – 8/31/2018