Downtown Residential-Transportation Development

by Francis P.D. Navin, Asst. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada,

Serial Information: Journal of the Urban Planning and Development Division, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 1, Pg. 91-102

Document Type: Journal Paper


A single general equation useful in estimating the residential development potential has been developed. The method relates the road capacity to the residential development. The variables in the road capacity include the percentage of travel during the peak period by both auto and transit, the efficiency of this travel, and the relative effectiveness of each mode. The methodology developed includes a representation of the interaction of the variables used in the estimating equation and the degree of control various agencies exercise over them. The methodology was applied to downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. The results indicate that some of the proposals for residential development in the downtown area may in fact be high.

Subject Headings: Business districts | Residential construction | Highways and roads | Travel modes | British Columbia | Canada | Vancouver

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