California is looking at 22 million more Californians by 2060. Because many of them will live in the Valley, one writer suggests housing many in transit villages.
“Transit villages can accommodate much of our area’s expected growth in more affordable housing atop a podium platform built right above the stations and station parking,” Rod Diridon Sr. writes in the San Jose Merc.
“These multi-acre platforms would be restricted to pedestrians and bicyclists with parks and family amenities interspersed between high-rise apartment and condominium towers. The podium-level floor would be dedicated to convenience commercial, neighborhood association community rooms, preschools, libraries and so on.
“The transit villagers would tend to work along the transit system. So the morning commute would be an elevator to the podium floor, drop the kids at preschool, proceed by elevator to the ground floor transit (BART, light rail, commuter rail) and take that “horizontal elevator” to work.
“That trip is reversed at the end of the day, picking up groceries, laundry and the children on the podium level, and arriving home without having to buy $4-plus-per-gallon gas or fight parking, congestion and the baby’s car seat.”
Now picture such a village around a high-speed rail station in the east end of Stockton’s downtown. Voila, a revived downtown. In a city that accommodates growth in a way that avoids gridlock, worse global warming or paving over world-class farmland.
Read Diridon piece here.