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The Influence of Infill Development on Travel Behavior

Presenter: Louis Merlin

After decades of research on the influence of the built environment on travel behavior, we can now say with confidence that changes to the built environment can reduce vehicular travel and promote alternative modes.  But what can planners actually do to bring about meaningful change in travel behavior?  Little research has been done on the impacts of specific policy actions and their influence.

In this job talk, I will present the influence of a specific policy action, i.e. fostering new infill development, on travel behavior.  The Atlantic Station mixed use development was completed near Midtown Atlanta in 2005 and is one of the largest urban infill developments in the country.  As such, it presents an interesting case for examining how much infill development can influence travel behavior.

These sessions are a response to requests from faculty and students to learn more about what’s going on in the field in an informal environment. We hope this can inspire emergent thoughts and connections that will inform our scholarship. If you have research you would like to present, or a provocative article you would like to discuss, please speak with Larissa Larsen, David Weinreich, or Carla Kayanan.

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