In tech-boom cities where the primary workforce wants to live, work, and play within the urban core, we’ve seen middle-income and working families pushed further out of the urban core of Seattle as housing costs rise. The next wave of development in our region will happen along the Sound Transit light rail line, in suburban or middle-city areas served by transit-oriented development (TOD), well-suited for the development of new housing, office, and entertainment districts. What can we learn from other areas of the country that are undergoing a similar transformation? What best practices can we draw from to ensure equity and inclusion of existing neighborhood stakeholders in the redevelopment?
Paladino and Company will present a case study from their work in the Washington D.C. beltway, where older and under-performing retail centers were successfully transformed into transit-oriented developments with mixed-use housing and entertainment centers. The sustainable design strategies on this project led to a well-connected neighborhood that has completely transformed the site of a former retail shopping development into a place where the community has the opportunity to meaningfully participate and thrive.