Dr. Nelson Presents Research at Summit
Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Chris Nelson, presented a summary of his research into whether transit oriented developments (TODs) make a difference in economic development. It was made at the Oregon Transportation Summit which is attended by leading transportation planners and researchers across the nation. Among his findings are that: (a) Portland's downtown streetcar stations accounted for more than 20% of Multnomah County's entire job growth during the 2000s; (b) commuter rail transit has untapped economic development opportunities in Sunbelt states; (c) TODs weathered the Great Recession better than comparable areas or their metropolitan regions on the whole; and (d) TODs influence metropolitan real estate markets across larger areas than assumed. These and related topics are explored in eight articles currently under review by refereed journals.