8182Re: Lindbergh City Center Transit Oriented Development
- Mar 8, 2005--- In email@example.com, Larry Felton Johnson
>I'm not particularly familiar with the neighborhood, so perhaps you
> While you are correct about the overprovision of parking, the
> template I always apply in evaluating a project like this is
> simply asking myself if I'm likely to use it, and if it's
> generally a piece in the puzzle of fitting together an
> intown area where it's possible to function without a car.
> Once the retail is built out the answer to both questions
> is clearly yes.
can answer the standard "TOD" questions:
Will there be a supermarket in walking distance? Will the kids be
able to walk to school? How about a nearby hardware store?
Drugstore? Dentist? Hairdresser?
Has the city rezoned the land within (at least) a 1-mile radius of
the station to be very high-density, mixed-use? Have the mandatory
parking requirements been eliminated, or greatly reduced?
Knowing Atlanta, I suspect that the answer to most of these
questions is "no". As such, this is yet another misuse of the
term "TOD". While it's nice that it makes you personally happy, most
of us have slightly higher standards, particuarly if taxpayers are
spending a fortune subsidizing a vastly underperforming heavy-rail
metro line nearby.
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