Transit oriented development (TOD) offers the prospect of containing urban sprawl and reducing carbon footprints by encouraging transit use. An assessment of the capacity of TOD to meet this prospect requires an understanding of the social economy, which structures choice of housing and use of transit services. The role of paid employment is particularly crucial in this process because paid employment is the means by which most people in advanced economies acquire income to satisfy human needs and wants. We offer a case study of planned TOD development in Adelaide, South Australia in relation to the location of transit routes and centres of paid employment. Our case study suggests that the planned construction of TOD along transit routes in Adelaide is unlikely to fit well with the priorities of employees of firms not located near train and tram lines. Unless the location of paid employment in relation to transit routes is considered in planning for a sustainable city there must be a question mark over how effective investment in transit oriented development will be.
|Keywords:||Paid Employment, Housing Choice, Transit Routes, Urban Planning|
Senior Lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning (Social Planning), School of Natural and Built Environment, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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