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Over the past decade, the popularity of transit-oriented developments has exploded as they've been viewed as a cure-all for languishing neighborhoods. These mixed-use residential and commercial projects are designed to maximize access to public transportation while providing live/work/play neighborhoods for residents who can walk a short distance from their homes to restaurants, retail and leisure and entertainment venues.

TODs are also a plus for mass transit providers. The least-expensive way for these organizations to get customers is to attract people who live and work near transit stops, such as light rail stations or trolley stops. In order for those potential customers to live there, however, they want a neighborhood.

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