^ Well the whole city of St. Louis and inner ring suburbs were basically built as the original TOD. So the argument that TOD is not possible or cant work in St. Louis is just asinine.
Other cities that are doing TOD in a major way in the Midwest. Minneapolis is doing a lot more TOD, but in my opinion that is a region that clearly understands what needs to be done to remain competitive, despite it having some of the most brutal winters in the country. Obviously Chicago is the only Midwestern city with a comprehensive, built out rail system, so TOD is pretty commonplace in the Chicagoland area. Denver is also doing a boat load of stuff involving TOD, probably some of the most impressive in the the country, but most people dont really consider them traditionally Midwestern.
St. Louis definitely has an opportunity with this TOD study to really make some great strides in becoming a more transit friendly, walkable, and urban region. I really think the St. Louis region is traumatized by the urban experience, because our urban decline has been so vast and violent. Cities like Denver, Dallas, Minneapolis etc. were never as urban as St. Louis during the industrial era, so there is no collective memory of tightly packed urban slums, hi rise public housing, white flight, deindustrialization etc. Most people in St. Louis are simply frightened by the idea of "urban living" they associate it with crime, crowding, and corruption. In newer cities it seen as being hip, cool, edgy etc. Cities like Denver, Dallas, Minneapolis are excited about getting more urban, St. Louis simply isn't and it is reflected in our collective investments, public and private.
All that said I do think St. Louis will see true TOD before 2020, but it would have taken us a little longer than other regions, but once we get it, we will have some of the best.
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