As Los Angeles continues to expand its rail network, such as the recent opening of the long awaited Expo Line, we must look at the future of transit oriented developments (TOD) and how they will interact with our present and future rail stations. This Thursday, June 7, 2012 is the perfect opportunity to learn more about TODs in Los Angeles as Urban Land Institute’s 3rd Annual TOD Summit happens at USC.
Higher density developments (both residential and commercial) around our transit centers create a much more conducive environment for walking and lessen our dependence on automobiles. With more exciting rail lines currently in the making (i.e., Expo Line Phase 2, Purple Line Extension, and the Regional Connector), the future of Los Angeles may finally reverse the environmentally devastating effects of sprawl fueled by the proliferation of single family homes (SFR).
More from ULI: “The 3rd Annual TOD Summit explores the tremendous opportunities available for transit-oriented and transit-adjacent development. With $40 billion in transit funding already at work, the system is expanding at a rate never before seen in Southern California. With the State’s actions and major sources of funding lost, the TOD Summit will share strategies and tools to develop and finance TOD projects throughout the region.”