I am writing to remind you of an important meeting tonight.
The Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA), the official chamber of commerce and business development organization for Rogers Park, is hosting a Forum on Transit Oriented Development (TOD), a type of urban development that maximizes the amount of residential, business and leisure space within walking distance of public transit.
The forum will be held TONIGHT (Wednesday, August 23rd), 7:00 p.m., at the Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark (just north of Touhy).
RPBA Board member, Jack Swenson, a former City of Chicago Department of Planning official, will moderate the forum, which will include presentations from four experts in the field:
- Kyle Whitehead, Government Relations Director, Active Transportation Alliance;
- Kevin Clark, Director of Design, The Lakota Group;
- Lynnette McRae, Manager, Metropolitan Planning Council; and
- Kyle Smith, Senior Project Manager, Antero Group, a TOD consultant for the Center for Neighborhood Technology.
After their presentations, the panelists will respond to questions from the moderator and community residents in attendance.
TODs aim to breathe new life into urban communities by creating walkable and connected communities where people own fewer cars and live closer to jobs, shopping, schools, and other destinations. To do this, TODs maximize the number of residential dwelling units allowed in areas located within a walkable distance of a transit stop, such as a commuter train or “L” station, and reduce the required number of parking spaces.
Increasing the supply of dwelling units helps keeps housing more affordable, and locating that housing near transit stops dramatically increases access to jobs via transit, reduces the cost of transportation, and provides low-income households with more options to get around. Local businesses benefit as TODs provide them with more potential customers, who walk to do their shopping, rather than drive to a shopping mall.
Yet TODs are not without controversy. Critics worry about excessive density, lack of available on-street parking and other issues.
A number of TODs have been proposed in Rogers Park in the last year and RPBA has embarked on Vision Clark Street, a long-term planning process for the future of Clark Street. This forum will help inform our discussion as we consider the TOD proposals and plan for the future of Clark Street.
For more information on TODs, visit:
I hope to see you at tonight’s forum.