Friday, March 30, 2012

We live in the first urban century. Eighty percent of the population of the United States currently lives in urban areas. Arizona is predicted to double its population by 2050 - all in metro areas.

How can Tucson sustain such growth without destroying its unique culture and environment? The answer lies in Tucson's ability to grow inward, not outward.

The city of Tucson has taken a major step in the right direction with construction of the modern streetcar and planning of quality infill development along its corridor. Other cities have done the same, including Charlotte, Denver, Portland and Albuquerque. And all have realized increased property values, tax revenue, social benefits, taxpayer savings and reduced carbon footprints as a result.

But where should such transit-oriented development be located? What should it look like?