The folks at Arnold Imaging, together with Kansas City Public Television, produced this 11 minute movie on the benefits of light rail on land development. This video shows how it helps encourage walkable development wherever there is a light rail station. It helps reinforce how light rail is a positive change in a community.
In a way, this meshes with a previous post in the Living Sustainability Blog: Smart Transit Oriented Development.
Our biggest block to improving pedestrian traffic and improving lifestyles here in America, is that most cities were built around the car, with no clear center other than a strip of shops that were built in the 1950s. That pretty much describes the city of Kenmore Washington. The main traffic feature of Kenmore is that State Route 522 passes right through the middle of the city, neatly cutting in half, North Kenmore and South Kenmore.
South Kenmore is typical suburban development: low density single family homes with large yards. Incredibly expensive for transit to service. It’s a car oriented development.
North Kenmore has some suburban development, but it has a higher density, due to apartments, condos, all with walking distance of two park and rides. All this development is within a 10 minute walk of either park and ride. Unfortunately, one of those park and rides, Kenmore Park and Ride, will be closed and no replacement for it has been offered at this time. But the plan is to replace it with the new Kenmore Village development, so it may have a different draw on the locals.
Because of this dichotomy, coming up with a transit oriented development plan that best serves the community is hard. How do you make it easier for folks in South Kenmore make connections with the transit resources that are present and coming to Kenmore? That’s a question we as a community will have to address.