Reconnecting America Announces a TOD University

Education ImageReconnecting America, Enterprise Community Partners, Move LA, and Strategic Actions for a Just Economy developed an education program to help communities advocate for equitable Transit Oriented Development.

The program is designed to help housing development agencies and community groups educate and involve local residents about community revitalization and transit planning.  The goal is to ‘train the trainers’ and effectively implement community revitalization around transit. This is a great opportunity for St. Louis community groups, elected officials and interested citizens to get educated on the benefits of building around the St. Louis transit system. 

TOD University was developed in response to transit planning in Los Angeles, but the materials could be easily adapted to fit the needs of regions around the country.  The curriculum provides interactive, hands-on activities, power point presentations, talking points, games, exercises, and instructions for the different lessons.  Current courses include the following subjects: TOD 101, Affordable Housing 101, Housing Preservation, Building Affordable New Homes, Jobs and Economic Development, Planning Basics, and Complete Streets.

As many of you know, St. Louis just concluded TOD studies around several MetroLink stations across the region.  The Laclede’s Landing station, Grand station, Stadium station, Rock Road station were included, just to name a few.  Perhaps this new tool could help our planners actualize plans in the Lou.

Find the curriculum here.

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