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Successful tods can inflate cost of living compared

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Successful TODs can inflate cost of living compared to surrounding area- possible displacement of existing residents; Insufficient infrastructure to accommodate increased density;
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TODs at the Regional Level Lead role in planning and building TODs belongs to cities, developers and transit agencies; TODs can be the heart of regional growth strategies where compact development focuses on downtown, town centers and along regional transit corridors; Strategies: Target highly traveled regional transit corridors; Convert these corridors into “grand boulevards” with new housing, shops, restaurants, and jobs; Include corridors in transit route development on approval of any existing regional agencies (funding requirement); Government startup money to new businesses and to affordable housing plans.
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Key Components and Best Practices Get the land uses right ! Encourage transit supportive uses (high pedestrian generators) such as multi- family housing, offices, healthcare facilities, health clubs, grocery and other retail, financial, entertainment; NO! Car sales, car washes, low density housing, drive in services, parking lots, bigbox stores, regional parks, warehouses;
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Key Components and Best Practices Promote density Both housing and employment to support higher frequency transit services and to foster lively, walkable communities;
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Key Components and Best Practices Create convenient pedestrian connections Short walking distances; Handicapper accessibility; Continuous pedestrian connections; Direct access to transit; Street level pedestrian routes; Separate vehicular and pedestrian functions;
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Key Components and Best Practices Ensure good urban design High quality streets that are visually interesting to make walking enjoyable Architectural variety, distinct façade features Provide weather protection Lighting, landscaping and signs Well-lit transit stations that are convenient to access and facilitate ease with orientation when leaving the station Limit surface parking lots Handicapper accessible
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