Are transit-oriented developments the answer to the affordable housing?

Source: Haisten Willis, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

KLEO Art Residences is what’s known as a transit-oriented development (TOD), so named for providing high-density housing near bus or rail lines, often accompanied by limited parking and taller height than otherwise would be allowed. The developments are touted as a way to provide affordable housing to residents who don’t need a car. 50 of the 58 KLEO units are either subsidized or discounted by the Chicago Housing Authority.

Some assert that the rezoning required for the developments threatens single-family housing, that TOD residents will still drive cars and park them on city streets, and that most of the developments consist of luxury apartments that actually accelerate gentrification and displacement.

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