The Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy has released a report that explores research and outlines policy options on the relationship of transit opportunities and diversity in neighborhoods. The report, “Maintaining Diversity in America’s Transit Rich Neighborhoods,” reveals how new transit stations can set in motion a cycle of unintended consequences in which core transit users–such as renters and low income households–are priced out of housing in these neighborhoods in favor of higher-income, car-owning residents who are less likely to use public transit for commuting.
The report argues for public policy and resources to provide and maintain housing options for core-transit users. The report introduces a new web-based toolkit of policy tools for shaping equitable change in transit-rich neighborhoods. The toolkit includes policy tools, housing market tools (including preservation of existing affordable rental housing and the production of new affordable housing), and transportation management tools. October 2010.
The report is available at: http://www.northeastern.edu/dukakiscenter/.