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Capacity Building Issue Briefs. The information in this document represents a compilation of specific issue area briefs for cities and regions of various sizes working to coordinate long range comprehensive plans, support transit-oriented development, create revitalized main streets, foster economic growth, create and preserve affordable housing, improve health and well-being, increase access to fresh foods, and create quality jobs and educational opportunities. Additional resources on topics such as creating regional transit-oriented development (TOD) plans and strategies, infill infrastructure financing, advancing sustainability in a slow economy, and redeveloping brownfield properties.
Incorporating location efficiency (measured here as the cost of transportation associated with places) into policy and affordability analysis exposes previously hidden financial burdens and time constraints for households, poor location decisions by developers, and missed and misplaced opportunities for municipalities. Furthermore, it challenges misinformed criticisms of the cost of building transit, since these critiques do not fully account for the benefits or take into account the hidden costs associated with sprawl and auto dependency. Not only are the high costs of transportation hidden, but so are the low costs, and therefore so is the inherent value of more convenient in-town urban, inner-suburban, and other urbanizing locations. Consequently, many of these convenient but undervalued areas suffer from disinvestment and lack the ability to attract new investment and redevelopment.
As San Antonio continues to grow, it has the opportunity to develop in such a way that residents can reduce the environmental impacts of travel, while also reducing household transportation costs. This report provides information on the combined housing and transportation (H+T) costs in the San Antonio metro area, demonstrating that these two household expenses are closely linked. In San Antonio, combined housing and transportation costs are higher away from the city center. While housing developments on the urban fringe take advantage of low land costs, transportation infrastructure makes car ownership a necessity. In contrast, both housing and transportation costs are lower in the compact neighborhoods closer to downtown, where residents can more easily get to jobs, shopping and amenities by transit and walking.
This new report analyzes the housing and transportation cost burdens of moderate-income households in the 25 largest metro areas at the end of the 2000s. Newly available data give us an opportunity to assess the impact on combined costs of the rapid rise and fall of home prices during the 2000s, the recent increases in rents, and the nation’s increased suburbanization over the past decade.
Summarizes analysis of transit-oriented development (TOD) and its effects on transit choices, housing and rental markets.
This report examines the state of housing, transportation, and job access in Northwest Arkansas using CNT’s Housing + Transportation (H+T®) Affordability Index, a new measure of affordability that takes into account two of the largest components of the regional cost-of-living equation: housing and transportation. Report stresses need to rethink regional mobility, align downtown investments into a regional vision, and increase the demand for walkability.