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The role of transportation planning and policy in shaping communities

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  • Naomi Cytron

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This article reviews some of the social and environmental costs of transportation planning over the past half-century, and highlights some promising trends in planning and policy development at the local and federal level. These legislative measures, incentives, and new patterns of growth - including transit-oriented development (TOD) - are poised to remedy some past harms by better aligning transportation, housing, and environmental considerations. Equitable TOD, though not a silver bullet, has particular potential to enhance access for low-income communities to employment, education, and other opportunities, while at the same time supporting environmentally sustainable urban growth patterns.

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  • Naomi Cytron, 2010. "The role of transportation planning and policy in shaping communities," Community Investments, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, issue Summer, pages 2-6,44.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfci:y:2010:i:summer:p:2-644:n:v.22,no.2
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    Community development ; Transportation;

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