There is a serious disconnect between new urbanist designs for communities and the needs of regional transit systems. This disconnect is most apparent at the two Charter-defined scales of the neighborhood, district and corridor, and the block, street and building. Transit operations may dictate transit alignment, service and frequency, and these demands are often in conflict with urbanism and local placemaking.
Two of the best thinkers about transit and place will reflect on 20 years of New Urbanism and transit oriented development (TOD): GB Arrington, leader in Portland Oregon’s famous TOD program, and Jarrett Walker, author of “Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives.” These two will bring their unique perspectives and vast experience to this discussion and critique of the current state of the practice as we’ve moved from the Pedestrian Pocket, to Transit Oriented Design, to Development Oriented Transit, and beyond.
G.B. Arrington, Principal Practice Leader, Parson Brinckerhoff | PlaceMaking
Marcy McInelly, AIA, President, Urbsworks, Inc
Jarrett Walker, Consultant in Public Transport Planning and Policy, Jarrett Walker & Associates