By T.R. Goldman
“Communities need to take a stance and say: ‘Wait a second, we want this to be an open and inclusive TOD, a downtown area where people are not displaced and everyone can interact and be part of this, and where [all] workers can take advantage of transit access,” says Brendan Saunders, director of organization and advocacy at Open Communities, which supports affordable housing in 16 areas in north suburban Chicago.
“What you have to realize is that TOD is just a perfect way to include affordable housing in development,” he says. “Because if people truly have the ability to get rid of their cars, or to go from two to one, that’s a huge savings,” he adds. “And if you still have access to jobs, all of those things together are among the more important parts of ‘affordability.’”