Today Open Communities and Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) released Quality of Life, e(Q)uality of Place, a joint guidebook to create more inclusive, welcoming AND economically viable communities by planning for housing near transit (commonly called Transit-Oriented Development or TOD). CNT and Open Communities found that Chicago’s northern suburbs have fallen short in mixed income TOD. The supply of affordable rentals near transit is under threat. For moderate income households, the combined cost of housing and transportation now exceeds 56% of total household income.
However, when TOD includes households of all incomes, resilient economic development occurs: the cost of living declines, access to jobs increases, tax bases and diversity grow, and climate impacts decrease. This guidebook lays out zoning incentives, financing and acquisition tools, targeted infrastructure investments, public participation approaches, and fair housing policies to help communities implement more TOD. Its focus is on Chicago’s northern suburbs, but these approaches can be applied everywhere.
Full report: Quality of Life, (e)Quality of Place
Please contact Open Communities’ Director of Communications, Jes Scheinpflug, with any questions.