Transit-oriented development along the Gold Line — present and future

Very interesting video released yesterday by the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority on new development along the downtown L.A.-to-Pasadena Gold Line, which has attracted its share of new residential development — particularly in South Pasadena and Pasadena.

As the video shows, cities along the 13-mile route of the Foothill Extension have plans of their own to create development. There’s undoubtedly space for it and many of the plans have been on the books for years — the reason the cities have been pushing so hard to get the project built.

The Foothill Extension, funded by Measure R, is now under construction and scheduled for completion in 2015. The Construction Authority yesterday gave the contractor building the main part of the line an interim notice to proceed on design and pre-construction activities.

2 replies

  1. I wish the City of LA and the County could rezone the land around the Blue Line corridor as well as mitigate the presence of the freight Rail corridor to encourage the same kind of TOD’ that the Gold line has been able to generate.

  2. This is so sad. Not one of the new projects is a true Transit Oriented Development (and the Del Mar and other existing projects are more Transit Adjacent than Transit Oriented). I am very happy about the added transit options available in Los Angeles county and am a strong supporter of the gold line and transit oriented development, but, when you tell me that you are encouraging density by adding a Target with an 100 acre parking lot, a bunch of dual car garage single family homes “that go all the way up to the track,” and adding 1.5 to 2 parking spots per unit per develop I call this “transit-washing.”

    Not unlike the “green-washing” phenomenon that cities and developers have been using for years to justify very poor planning, the particular TOD nonsense shown in this video is a joke.