University of Wisconsin–Madison

Transit-Oriented Development That's Healthy, Green & Just: Ensuring Transit Investment in Seattle's Rainier Valley Builds Communities Where All Families Thrive

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Transportation & Mobility
As the Puget Sound region invests billions in a new light rail system, large scale gentrification will occur along the Southeast Seattle light rail corridor without immediate policy action. Transit-oriented development (TOD) planning must implement a racial justice framework in order to tackle the threat of displacement by addressing the structural challenges that place low-income people and communities of color at higher risk of being forced out of their communities. This report critiques existing TOD tools that fall short of racial equity, and provides recommendations for Rainier Valley stakeholders that put racial justice at the center of TOD planning.

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