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September 10, 2013
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CNT Releases Analysis of Demographic Change Near the Region’s Transit Stations

The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) recently released Transit-Oriented Development in the Chicago Region: Efficient and Resilient Communities for the 21st Century. The report analyzes population and employment change from 2000-10 within one-half mile of the region's rail transit stations as compared to the region as a whole, as well as four peer regions (New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and San Francisco). The analysis finds that population and households near northeastern Illinois transit stations increased at a slower rate than the region as whole and peer regions. Additionally, housing costs and household incomes rose faster within the region's station areas as compared to the region as a whole, indicating a potential loss of affordable housing near rail transit stations. The analysis provides case studies of six station areas, examining the population and employment changes that occurred in these stations and the policies and plans that affected those changes.

GO TO 2040 recommends linking planning for transit, housing, and land use as a guiding principle for planning for livable communities. It urges counties and municipalities to encourage dense, mixed-use development in location-efficient areas near transit stations. Recognizing that the high demand for living near transit can increase the cost of housing in these areas, the plan recommends that municipalities plan for affordable housing needs and promote development of affordable housing near transit. Through its Homes for a Changing Region program, CMAP assists communities in developing policy plans that will create a balanced mix of housing, enhance livability, and serve current and future residents.


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