Assessing Transit-Oriented Development Implementation in Canadian Cities: An Urban Project Approach

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Journal Article

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place - north america, place - urban, land use - planning, land use - transit oriented development


land-use and transportation planning, transit-oriented development, TOD coordination, urban policy instrument, urban project theory


This article presents a new theoretical approach for assessing the implementation process of transit-oriented development (TOD). Through a conceptual framework, based on the notion of the urban project as an instrument of public policy, it highlights two distinct processes at work in the implementation of every TOD project: territorialization and differentiation. The first suggests that there are necessarily discrepancies between metropolitan planning strategies and the very local nature of the TOD projects. The second suggests that implementing a TOD project is an incremental process rooted in local policy conditions that must be factored in at every phase of the implementation process.


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