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TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT (per Wikipedia):  A mixed-use residential or commercial area designed to maximize access to public transport, and often incorporates features to encourage transit ridership. A TOD neighborhood typically has a center with a train station, metro station, tram stop, or bus stop, surrounded by relatively high-density development with progressively lower-density development spreading outwards from the center. TODs generally are located within a radius of one-quarter to one-half mile from a transit stop, as this is considered to be an appropriate scale for pedestrians.


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Union City: A three-story-high entry portal frames a public plaza, which leads to the private residential entries.

The Union City TOD responds to the train station, aligning the promenade with the platforms to frame views of the adjacent hills. At the start of the promenade, a large commercial space ultimately slated for a restaurant will temporarily house the City arts program.

San Leandro: The entry features a naturally ventilated green stair that encourages people to bypass the elevator.

San Leandro: The double-height lobby links the street level with the podium courtyard level.

San Leandro: Entry stoops and private balconies face a multi-use pedestrian and bicycle trail.

La Valentina Station: The ground level facing the light-rail station will be activated with commercial spaces and a cafe.

La Valentina Station: Adjacent to the Alkali Flat/La Valentina Light Rail Station in Sacramento, this four-story mixed-use building will bring more than 60 units of affordable housing an under-served yet easily accessible area.

La Valentina Station: The building is placed up to the street edge and light-rail stop. The typical Sacramento alley has been closed to vehicle traffic, but remains open for utility access and as public urban space.

For more information about our TODs, follow these links:Union City BART TODSan Leandro BART TOD
La Valentina Station


La Valentina Station: Adjacent to the Alkali Flat/La Valentina Light Rail Station in Sacramento, this four-story mixed-use building will bring more than 60 units of affordable housing an under-served yet easily accessible area.

La Valentina Station: The ground level facing the light-rail station will be activated with commercial spaces and a cafe.

La Valentina Station: The building is placed up to the street edge and light-rail stop. The typical Sacramento alley has been closed to vehicle traffic, but remains open for utility access and as public urban space.

La Valentina Station: Southwest street level perspective.

Union City BART TOD will reclaim a brownfield site sandwiched between the existing commuter and freight lines and currently cut off from the BART station by tracks for a vibrant mixed-use district including high-density affordable family housing, condos, and a shopping arcade.

Union City: A three-story-high entry portal frames a public plaza, which leads to the private residential entries.

The Union City TOD responds to the train station, aligning the promenade with the platforms to frame views of the adjacent hills. At the start of the promenade, a large commercial space ultimately slated for a restaurant will temporarily house the City arts program.

Union City: The wrapped garage provides parking for the community and buffers the housing from the noise of the adjacent train tracks.

San Leandro: Entry stoops and private balconies face a multi-use pedestrian and bicycle trail.

San Leandro: The entry features a naturally ventilated green stair that encourages people to bypass the elevator.

San Leandro: The double-height lobby links the street level with the podium courtyard level.

San Leandro: A space slotted for a daycare center is accessible from the pedestrian mews.

San Leandro: Courtyard and community room.