Presenting the Corridor Housing Preservation Index: A New Tool for Equitable Transit Corridor Planning

Presenting the Corridor Housing Preservation Index: A New Tool for Equitable Transit Corridor Planning

Capital Metro, Austin Public Transit. photo / Creative Commons

Thomas Hilde is a doctoral student in community and regional planning at the University of Texas at Austin researching sustainable and resilient urban development with a special interest in geographic information systems and scenario planning methods.

Amanda Micklow is a Ph.D. candidate in city and regional planning at Cornell University. Her research focuses on the impact of land use and transportation policies on marginalized populations. She uses gender, as it intersects with race, class, and age in the American suburb, to analyze the tensions that arise in our communities as populations change.

Jennifer Minner is an assistant professor of city and regional planning at Cornell AAP. Her research is focused on the intersecting domains of land use, sustainability, historic preservation, and technology, including reinvestment in and repair of urban fabric; sustainable adaptation and conservation of the built environment; and participatory and analytical technologies used in planning.

Abstract:

This research talk provides an introduction to a new GIS-based tool for equitable transit corridor planning: the Corridor Housing Preservation Index. The tool was developed by a team of researchers led by Elizabeth Mueller at the University of Texas at Austin who were motivated by a concern for the preservation of affordable housing in the face of redevelopment pressure and transit corridor initiatives that may erode the supply of affordable rental housing units. The tool helps planners assess:

  • The relative benefits of transit corridors in the provision of access to jobs
  • The vulnerability of existing affordable rental units to redevelopment
  • The intensity of redevelopment pressure

The Corridor Housing Preservation Index is newly available as a part of the Envision Tomorrow suite of scenario planning tools. This presentation will introduce the tool and online curriculum, which has been developed in partnership with Fregonese Associates, Micklow, and Minner. The development, use, and deployment of the tool in planning processes will be discussed. Students will be encouraged to try the new tool after the talk and then to provide feedback to the research team.