Living & Working in the Same Neighborhood with TOD

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March 19

In the first two installments of the three-part video series on transit-oriented development, we have explored the importance of alternative commuting options in West LA - walking, biking, and riding transit, as well as the need for more neighborhood-serving retail.

In our final video, we discuss what it could be like to live and work in the same neighborhood. This shift could help eliminate long commutes, create a better sense of community, all while reducing dependency on our cars. For this shift to take place in West LA, we need to build a neighborhood that has both office space and residential with surrounding amenities to support it. 

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TOD & Neighborhood-Serving Retail

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February 20

In the first installment of our three-part video series on transit-oriented development (TOD), we explored the importance of alternative commuting options in West LA - walking, biking, and riding transit. However, TOD means more than getting people out of their cars.

In the second video, we discuss the need for more neighborhood-serving retail and the types of retail local residents would like to see in West LA. Having more stores and eateries that nearby residents and office workers can easily walk to will help reduce automobile dependency and enhance the community.

To contribute ideas on the kind of retail you would like to see along Olympic and Bundy, visit our Popularise profile: http://bit.ly/1jhuO8l

Stay tuned for the final video that will discuss the need for a community that promotes living and working in the same neighborhood. 

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What is Transit-Oriented Development?

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January 29

Transit-oriented development, or TOD, is a concept that has been a hot topic the last few years in the world of development and land-use, and more specifically on the Westside as it relates to the Expo Line. However, TOD is a term that many people don't fully understand.  

So, what is Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)? TOD is an area that builds a community and brings together retail, residences, offices and multiple transit options. But even simpler, it is a place where you can eat, shop, live, work, walk, bike, and ride transit. 

I wanted to give this concept some life with real examples, so rather than a lengthy blog post, I've asked a few West LA locals to join me in a three-part video series and boil down TOD to a meaning that we can all relate to.

In the first video, we explore the importance of alternative commuting options in West LA - walking, biking, and riding transit. (Watch it below.)

 

Stay tuned for the next two videos that will discuss the need for more neighborhood-serving retail and the kind of community that can be built around people who live and work in the same neighborhood.

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LA Times Reports: Residents living near Expo Line stations reduce car use

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December 17

The Los Angeles Times reported December 16th that a recent study by USC has found that many households in proximity to the Expo Line have made small adjustments in their daily routines that have resulted in driving less.

"After the light-rail line opened, Angelenos who lived within a half-mile of a station tripled their rail ridership and reduced their daily driving by 40%, the study found."

The study also concluded that residents within a half-mile of the Expo Line have experienced a health benefit and a reduction in their carbon emissions. 

METC will add to this trend with a transit-oriented development that lies directly adjacent to the planned Expo/Bundy station. 

You can read the full LA Times article here: http://lat.ms/19bpEdd 

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Join us this holiday season and give to Toys for Tots!

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December 03

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Through the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, The Martin Family is collecting toys through December 24th. Collection boxes are located throughout the Martin Cadillac showroom and service lounge. These new toys will be delivered by U.S. Marines during the holidays to send a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters. The goal is to assist our children in becoming responsible, productive, and patriotic citizens.

The Toys for Tots Program is special to our family because my father served two active tours of duty as a Marine. In fact, the Martin Family has served in active military duty for the past three generations, including the Navy and Air Force as well. 

The holidays are a special time to be with your family and this year we hope you’ll spread that holiday cheer to families and children that are less fortunate.

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Improving Livability Beyond Santa Monica

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November 12

According to The Lookout and Livability.com, Santa Monica has evolved into one of the nation's best cities in which to live. The City's employment opportunities, housing, amenities, education, and easy access to entertainment have attracted people, particularly young renters, who desire to be a part of and build communities.

“This is a group that is very innovative and entrepreneurial,” Livability.com editor Matt Carmichael told The Lookout. “It’s people who will plant roots in the community and grow with the community.”

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You Tell Us

POSTED ON
October 07

What if local office tenants didn't have to drive somewhere to get to lunch?

What if visitors traveling on the Expo Line could have a convenient, centrally located gathering place?

What if you could tell us what kind of retail you would like near the Expo/Bundy Station?

We have partnered with Popularise, an online platform aiming to give residents more say in the developments within their communities, so you can tell us what you would like to see at METC.

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We ♥ Bikes

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September 19

The Martin Family is excited to introduce bicycle-share, servicing and storage facilities to help promote a more balanced, multimodal and transit-oriented community around the Expo Line's Bundy Station.

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We are excited to see the recent success of a similar facility in our neighboring community, Santa Monica. The Santa Monica Bike Center is one of the largest bike parking facilities in the United States with 5,300 square feet allocated to 360 dedicated bike storage spaces and hundreds of members. The Bike Center offers extensive racks, walk-up valet service, bike rentals, a bike loaner program, lockers, showers and a repair shop. It has become a game changer for Santa Monica, which anticipates a lot more foot and bike traffic following the Expo Line phase II completion in 2016. Watch this brief video featuring the Bike Center in Santa Monica:

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Fun in the Sun Supporting our West Los Angeles Community Police Department

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August 29

This past weekend, we attended the West Los Angeles Police Department’s Annual Beach Party at Will Rogers State Beach with officers, staff, friends and families of the West Los Angeles Area police station.Martin Family Supports West Los Angeles Police

Martin Cadillac sponsored the event which provided the opportunity for the men and women of the WLAPD to picnic and spend quality time on the beach with each other, their families and friends. The party also included a raffle, with generated funds going to benefit WLAPD community events and charities. Thank you WLAPD for serving and protecting our neighborhoods!

One of our goals is to promote and enhance public safety in and around the Expo / Bundy station area and surrounding neighborhoods. Transit Oriented Developments with live, work and play mixed-uses result in active places that are busy throughout the day and evening. Having such activity and lots of people around provides 'eyes on the street' and helps increase safety for pedestrians, transit users and many others.

Help us build a safer community by supporting Martin Expo Town Center here.

 

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Producing Less Smog, Promoting Sustainability

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August 19

A recent UCLA study concluded that the Orange and Gold Lines produce less smog and greenhouse gases than the average vehicle driven in L.A. County. These findings are further supported by a Federal Transit Administration report, which states that public mass transportation, including light rail, produces significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions per passenger mile than private vehicles. In fact, light rail systems produce 62% less in emissions per passenger mile than average single-occupancy vehicles (SOVs).
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The Expo Line is expected to drastically increase its ridership in the near future, providing additional environmental benefits. Public transportation reduces emissions by facilitating higher density development, which conserves land and decreases the distances people need to travel to reach destinations. In addition, public transportation supports increased foot traffic, street-level retail, and mixed land uses that enable a shift from driving to walking and biking. Public transportation can also facilitate trip chaining, such as combining dry-cleaning pick-up, shopping, and other errands on the way home from a station. Finally, households living close to public transportation tend to own fewer cars on average, as they may not need a car for commuting and other trips.

A reduced number of cars per household tends to lead to reduced car use, and driving may cease to be the habitual choice for every trip. This claim is supported by a Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) report which surveyed 17 transit-oriented development (TOD) housing projects and found that these projects averaged 44% fewer vehicle trips for a typical weekday period than that estimated by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) manual for a typical housing development. The weighted average differentials were even larger during peak traffic periods – 49% lower rates during the A.M. peak and 48% lower rates during the P.M. peak.

According to the Nobel Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by 50% to 85% by 2050 in order to limit global warming to four degrees Fahrenheit, thereby avoiding many of the worst impacts of climate change. Switching to riding public transportation is one of the most effective actions individuals can take to reduce their carbon footprint. Car transportation alone accounts for 47% of the carbon footprint of a typical American family with two cars - by far the largest source of household emissions and, as such, the largest target for potential reductions. If just one driver per household switched to taking public transportation for a daily commute of 10 miles each way, this would save 4,627 pounds of carbon dioxide per household per year - equivalent to an 8.1% reduction in the annual carbon footprint of a typical American household!

METC will reduce the need to drive an automobile and increase walking, biking and use of the Expo Line. Help reduce greenhouse emissions by supporting METC HERE.

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