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of commercial development within two blocks
of the alignment. In addition, higher density
development and new residential buildings with
parking ratios considerably lower than other areas
in the region have also been a result.
Those living and working along the alignment
in Portland are enjoying the many benefits of new
urban living options, including direct access to
employment, educational facilities and health
care. With people venturing into parts of the
central city they have not experienced before,
businesses are also flourishing.
The South Waterfront development is
also promising great results by 2015, bringing
a minimum of 5000 residential units and
10,000 jobs into Portland’s central city.
Not only that, it will provide the community
with parking, a major river greenway and park,
Oregon Health & Sciences University and a
number of retail services.
Portland’s most noteworthy mixed-use
development at the historic Blitz Weinhard
Brewery spans five blocks, with direct access to
the streetcar. It is celebrated as the city’s largest
single development incorporating commercial,
residential and retail tenancies.
On the local front, two of Perth’s TODs –
Subiaco and East Perth – were developed through a
statutory authority (the East Perth Redevelopment
Authority) with clear guidelines for what developers
must achieve. Land value in Subiaco increased five
times in a few years; patronage at the train station
increased 100 per cent within the first year of the
While the guidelines for Subiaco and East Perth
could have been carried over to develop TODs in
other areas of Perth, the process has been hindered
because of the statutory planning system being
shaped by a model town-planning scheme. Most
of these schemes are delivered to set up car-
dependent suburbs, with no specific TOD zoning
category. If Perth is to learn from other growing
cities such as Portland, this will need to change
in order to include TODs as an integral part of our
urban design landscape.
“The aim was to shed light on the benefits of high-
quality mixed-use development in the city. It worked.”
The city skyline as seen from the Willamette River.
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