Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Transportation-Land Use Connection

Apparently the transportation-land use connection, which is a difficult to prove idea in the first place, needs to be rethought as a planning goal. In Japan, Toyota Motors is convinced that young people do not want cars. As a reaction to this, they have built a large mall that also has a dealership. This may be the first case of auto-oriented development disguised as transit-oriented development.

Planners argue for greater connection between transportation planning and land use development, but this isn't what they are talking about. Quite frankly, it's a weird idea, but if people can turn away from the personal mobility advantages of cars there may be hope for transit advocates after all.

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