Reinvent Phoenix: Cultivating Equity, Engagement, Economic Development and Design Excellence with TOD

Summary

The City of Phoenix was awarded funding for Reinvent Phoenix: Cultivating Equity, Engagement, Economic Development and Design Excellence with TOD. The City will create a new model for urban development in Phoenix — one that increases quality of life while maintaining desirability and attainability for the entire spectrum of incomes, ages, family sizes, and physical and developmental abilities along the light rail corridor. The Reinvent Phoenix program will eliminate physical and institutional barriers to TOD and catalyze livable, sustainable development through planning, regulatory reform, innovative infrastructure designs, economic development incentives, capacity building, and affordable housing implementation activities; demonstrate regional benefits of transit oriented development through the design and implementation of pilot projects for economic development, housing and infrastructure; and involve residents in identifying strategic improvements that will enhance safe, convenient access to quality, affordable housing; well-paying jobs; education and training programs; fresh food and healthcare services.

Anticipated Project Benefits:

  • Increased public participation in planning and decision-making
  • Reduced energy consumption and associated environmental and economic impacts
  • Increased redevelopment opportunities to improve housing affordability and economic development opportunities on vacant and underutilized land
  • Increased local capacity to implement equitable, healthy, environmentally sensitive transit oriented development (TOD), and
  • Improved walkability and accessibility to fresh healthy food, employment, education and healthcare.

Core partners include: Arizona State University, St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Luke's Health Initiative, Mountain Park Health Center, METRO, Discovery Triangle Development Corp. Urban Land Institute (ULI), American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Southwest Autism Research Center (SARRC), Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL), Phoenix Union High School District, Maricopa Community Colleges, Art Link, Local First Arizona, Native American Connections, Gorman and Co. Inc, Cloudbreak Phoenix LLC, Bethel Development Inc., NRP Group, Desco Inc.

Personnel


Edward Cook

Co-principal Investigator


Deirdre Pfeiffer

Senior Personnel


Aaron Golub

Co-principal Investigator


Arnim Wiek

Co-principal Investigator

Funding

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Sustainable Communities Grant Program

Timeline

January 2012 - December 2014