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Transit-oriented development: Why it doesn’t happen in spite of best intentions

June 1st, 2011 · 40 Comments

The big planning talk these days is all about how to create density around transit, as transportation planning and land-use planning continue to merge with each other. But what happens in the real world often doesn’t match that ideal.

Here in Vancouver, you can see very busy transit stations with not much around them and other transit stations in what appears to be the middle of nowhere and they’ve got towers sprouting all around.

So why doesn’t density automatically happen around transit stations? This is what people told me.

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