Building Cities Around Public Transit Could Change Urban Life
You can lower your carbon footprint by living closer to transit or walking to work.By Michael McCarthy | May 12, 2016
"If you take a city that starts with a train system, you can encourage development around that train system," said Karen Weigert, senior fellow for global cities at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Transit-oriented development is a strategy that can improve access to public transportation and create more walkable cities. This type of development places higher-density housing near public transit, offers fewer car parking spaces and may include bike amenities.
"That is great for a lower cost of living because you don't have to own a car," she said. "It's also great for the businesses that might be walkable."