LECTURE | Transportation Impacts of Affordable Housing, with Kristina Currans, PhD
Public Works Building
Conference Room C
201 North Stone Avenue
Tucson, AZ, 85701
While America is experiencing an affordability crisis, federal, state and local governments account for a full one-third of the cost of construction for multifamily housing. In addition to this, low income families lack housing choice, more people are renting, vacancy rates are low, NIMBYs use traffic concerns to block construction, and affordable housing requires government subsidy to close the gap between incomes and construction costs.
Our cities need to develop their own transportation impact analysis standards using a context sensitive approach.
Kristina M. Currans is a Doctor of Civil Engineering and an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Arizona whose research focuses on the data, methods, and processes commonly used to evaluate transportation impacts of land use development. The aim of her work—including findings presented in this lecture from the Caltrans’ project Affordable Housing Trip Generation Rates and Strategies—is to improve the transparency, availability, and applicability of methods to provide local agencies, planners, and engineers with data and tools sensitive to wide ranging planning policy goals and objectives.