Developer Hines’ Riverwalk project in San Diego is an example of the benefits of transit-oriented development. Riverwalk is the first transit-oriented village in San Diego, and it will include 400 affordable housing units and a total of 4,300 homes. It will also include retail, office space and large open spaces along the San Diego River. There are many benefits of transit-oriented development, including the opportunity to develop more equitable housing and more equitable communities.

“Riverwalk will include approximately 400 units of affordable housing. Proximity to transit will be a great advantage to many of these residents who may find it financially beneficial to not own a car,” Eric Hepfer, managing director at Hines, tells “Climate change is another key social equity consideration, and the only way to achieve the goals of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan is to reduce our dependence on vehicles. Lastly, is the long-term costs of public services as they relate to land use. As urban planners are starting to realize, sprawling single-family homes require more roads, more miles of utilities, and more fire and police services per person than do infill communities like Riverwalk.”

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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 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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