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Transit-oriented developments are the future of urbanization in Southern California. While the transit system is still expanding, there are already several transit-oriented projects throughout the region and local incentives are fueling more transit projects. These projects will become the urban centers of Southern California, and will also help to fuel vibrant economic activity.

“Future development of transit corridors and associated terminals and stations will become centers of urban activity and economic catalysts,” Jose Sanchez, retail and mixed-use design leader at DLR Group and an expert in urbanization patterns, tells GlobeSt.com. “These nodes are central to an urbanized lifestyle less dependent on vehicles and instigators of pedestrian and transit friendly TODs. These compact, walkable, mixed-use developments increase density and in kind reduce the dependence on vehicles. With the advent of autonomous vehicles and first-and-last-mile solutions, the transit hubs will become centralized city centers for commercial, residential, institutional and entertainment.”

Transit-oriented developments are largely mixed-use hubs that include housing and retail amenities at a minimum, and often also include office as well. As a result, they are thriving spaces that generate economic activity day and night. “Mixed-use developments that impersonate downtown-style living thrive where there is a catalytic agent that provides its energy,” says Sanchez. “This includes adjacencies to a historic core, universities, corporations, and especially transit corridors. Although car culture has ruled in the United States, more suburbs are defined by public transport links. According to the American Public Transportation Association, nearly 85% of transportation ballot initiatives passed during the 2018 midterm elections.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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