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That’s not entirely right. It does redirect economic activity, but in doing so, it creates new activity. Think about two offices, identical save for location (and the physicalities of each location). One locates in a typical drive-in suburban office park, the other locates in a mixed-use development. The one in the suburban office park, might generate enough business for a small cafe/cafeteria. The one in the mixed-use development will likely generate enough business for a full-time coffee shop/light restaurant, which in-turn will cultivate demand for other ancillary businesses, such as a nicer restaurant to handle the dinner crowd, a convenience/grocery store for small items, etc. This in-turn will attract nearby residential development, which again drives more commercial development, even if these people aren’t working in that building. When people drive, they drive A to B and stop if they have to (like for gas). If I’m walking right past a coffee shop going to or from a station, even if I drove to the station/development, I’m much more likely to stop by.

That’s not entirely right. It does redirect economic activity, but in doing so, it creates new activity. Think about two offices, identical save for location (and the physicalities of each location). One locates in a typical drive-in suburban office park, the other locates in a mixed-use development. The one in the suburban office park, might generate enough business for a small cafe/cafeteria. The one in the mixed-use development will likely generate enough business for a full-time coffee shop/light restaurant, which in-turn will cultivate demand for other ancillary businesses, such as a nicer restaurant to handle the dinner crowd, a convenience/grocery store for small items, etc. This in-turn will attract nearby residential development, which again drives more commercial development, even if these people aren’t working in that building. When people drive, they drive A to B and stop if they have to (like for gas). If I’m walking right past a coffee shop going to or from a station, even if I drove to the station/development, I’m much more likely to stop by.

Smart Growth involves various policies that result in more compact, multi-modal development. Credible research indicates that Smart Growth community residents consume less land, own fewer vehicles, drive less, rely more on alternative modes, spend less on transport, have lower traffic crash casualty rates, consume less energy and produce less pollution than they would in more sprawled, automobile-dependent areas. These savings filter through the economy, increasing economic productivity and development. Smart Growth can also increase some costs, including land unit costs (dollars per acre) and local traffic and parking congestion.

All of these impacts should be considered when evaluating development policies. Smart Growth often provides substantial benefits, including net economic savings that total thousands of dollars annually per households, plus significant health benefits, improved mobility options for non-drivers, and external benefits including reduced traffic congestion, accident risk and pollution imposed on others. Since physically, economically and socially disadvantaged people tend to rely on affordable housing and transport options, Smart Growth tends to provide social equity benefits.

I know many might consider this the hood, but a gated community next to a transit station and none of the nonsense of X amount of units have to be for low income, and they will be a nice property and use the train station as a selling point.

I think the area around Indian Creek is already in motion albeit very slowly. It’s all supposed to be a part of DeKalb’s Memorial Drive-Kensington Overlay which is also supposed to spur development along Covington Highway and Indian Creek as well.

I’ve reviewed the overlay plans, and from my understanding the area around Indian Creek is supposed to be a concentrated Town Center with an emphasis on wellness in its development. A part of this plan is to build more senior living communities in a pedestrian friendly area equipped with medical offices and the MARTA station. A nice senior living community is currently being built across from the Indian Creek station so I’d say things are underway. Hopefully more development is to come. I previously read that the giant lot on Covington Highway with the farmer’s market (it use to be a Target forever ago) was being considered as the potential location for MARTA’s planned Covington Hwy station, and a surrounding TOD.

As far as Kensington, I believe the plan was to make the surrounding area with all of the government buildings a Downtown DeKalb of sorts. I saw on the news last month that many of Avondale Estates residents were fighting against a development proposal for this area.

I think the area around Indian Creek is already in motion albeit very slowly. It’s all supposed to be a part of DeKalb’s Memorial Drive-Kensington Overlay which is also supposed to spur development along Covington Highway and Indian Creek as well.

I’ve reviewed the overlay plans, and from my understanding the area around Indian Creek is supposed to be a concentrated Town Center with an emphasis on wellness in its development. A part of this plan is to build more senior living communities in a pedestrian friendly area equipped with medical offices and the MARTA station. A nice senior living community is currently being built across from the Indian Creek station so I’d say things are underway. Hopefully more development is to come. I previously read that the giant lot on Covington Highway with the farmer’s market (it use to be a Target forever ago) was being considered as the potential location for MARTA’s planned Covington Hwy station, and a surrounding TOD.

As far as Kensington, I believe the plan was to make the surrounding area with all of the government buildings a Downtown DeKalb of sorts. I saw on the news last month that many of Avondale Estates residents were fighting against a development proposal for this area.