This site was created to showcase some of the best Transit-Oriented Developments in the United States. It is also a forum to advocate for better mass transit systems and advance sustainable urban design in every major metropolitan city in America. We will look at the most advanced cities in the country that have constructed smart multi-modal transportation options, adopted form based codes, incentivized private developers towards greater densities, and have embraced the concept of development oriented around mass transit. We will also highlight major cities with the greatest opportunities for advancement but have not yet moved towards this concept. Those discussions are of most interest and will be studied in depth to illuminate the obstacles their citizens may be facing. It is our hope that through research, surveys, and meaningful discussions we may better understand the drivers of public policy that have steered so many cities away from adopting more progressive development standards and increase public awareness of what transit-oriented development is, what it is not, and how we move forward with initiatives that will improve the quality of life for generations to come.
The editor of this site, Chris Harden, graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas where he earned a Master Degree in Architecture and Master Degree in Business Administration. He is a licensed architect, licensed real estate broker and LEED Accredited Professional. His Architecture Thesis was entitled “Urban Quarter: A Community of Urban Dwellers” and focused on high-density, mixed-use urban design… creating community within the urban core. After graduating Mr. Harden went on to practice architecture and development for a major retail architect and developer in Dallas, Texas working on large scale retail and mixed-use projects throughout Texas and North Carolina. He subsequently joined Trademark Property Company in Fort Worth, Texas where he served as Vice President leading company acquisitions and developments, including the acquisition and redevelopment of La Palmera Mall, a 1.2 million square foot regional mall in Corpus Christi, Texas. La Palmera Mall is the first enclosed regional mall in the United States to earn the LEED-CS Silver designation (for more information please visit www.trademarkproperty.com). Currently Mr. Harden works with Cushman & Wakefield’s Capital Markets Group in Retail Investments. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, International Council of Shopping Centers and The Real Estate Council in Dallas, Texas.
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