Our region has significant racial economic disparities, including growing areas of concentrated poverty. Thrive MSP 2040 identifies equity as one of five primary outcomes for our region as we grow increasingly racially and ethnically diverse. Equity is also a goal of the Council’s TOD Policy that directs us to “advance equity by improving multimodal access to opportunity for all.” TOD planning and implementation can fit into a range of strategies that improve the economic well-being of families and communities.
Approaches to Reach More Equitable Outcomes
The following approaches are ways we can reach more equitable outcomes through TOD planning and implementation:
Involving people of all incomes, backgrounds, and abilities in planning and implementation
Making places more inclusive through urban design, public spaces, services, programming, and activities
Retaining and expanding living-wage jobs in locations with access to transit
Preserving housing affordability and developing new housing choices near transit
Addressing concerns over rising land values and rents near transit investments
Improving access to recreation, schools, healthcare, and daily goods and services near transit
We Can Help!
Resources on equity and the Council’s initiatives
Michelle Fure, Manager of Community Involvement