Casey Toner reports more good news from the Chicago area. Richton Park, a suburb at the very edge of the Chicago metropolitan area, has plans for a TOD. The project, as ti is currently planned, would have 125,000 square feet of first-floor retail and apartments on the subsequent five stories. Part of the reason that the developer is planning for apartments is because they are stronger in a deflated economy like today. Although there are some things I don’t like about the plan (buildings shouldn’t be above four stories and large buildings should be broken up into many smaller ones), it is certainly progress for an auto-centered, commuting community.
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