Ms. Belzer was here to talk about Urban Transportation Corridors (UTCs) and if they’re feasible for our region. UTCs are neighborhoods and districts that can accommodate new mixed use development and roads that can accommodate multimodal travel such as cars, bikes and pedestrians and are served by quality public transit service.
Today, I happened onto this article from “Switchboard” that pretty much echoes Ms. Belzer’s thoughts on how housing near transit creates thriving communities.
I like the imagery this article uses, comparing a city to a pizza: “… The suburban experiment that was so influential in the 20th century involved dividing up the functions of the city into different zones: housing, shopping, office, recreation. This works about as well as eating the elements of your pizza in different courses: you’re still getting the same nutritional value, but you’ve lost the joy of your pizza.” — Eric Jacobsen, Why Suburbia is Affecting Your Spiritual Life