Wednesday, February 13, 2013

New maps – Transit stations and rents (too damn high?) in DC and Boston

The folks at WeLoveDC have posted a clever new map, based on an earlier one from Boston, showing the clear relationship between rents and proximity to rapid transit.  On the Washington area map, the effects of linking transportation planning and land use planning in Arlington and Montgomery counties are clearly seen – as is the obvious lack of success in Prince Georges.
The connection is harder to see in Boston, at least beyond the northern branch of the Red Line, where one has to think that Porter and Davis squares are definitely pricier than they would be without the T.  Probably a more complicated situation there, but it raises some interesting questions.  How bad was the alignment of the Orange Line – just bad or very bad?  What will be the effect of the Green Line extension?
Good visuals!

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