Pedestrian-oriented Development definition
What is Pedestrian-Oriented Development?
Pedestrian-Oriented Development (POD) is a type of real estate development designed for the maximum utility of the pedestrian. PODs are typically designed for easiest pedestrian access with sidewalks, bike paths, trails, and greenspace with children, seniors and other sensitive populations in mind. Whatever the specific means, pedestrians are the main orientation of a POD's design, rather than the typical orientation toward automobile access and parking. Buildings are generally placed close to the street and entrances oriented to the sidewalk, as well as windows and/or display cases along building facades. Buildings typically cover the large majority of the developed site with little or no parking, often giving way to internal parks, greenspace and other amenities. Some POD are redeveloping multiple blocks by eliminating the roadways and forbidding automobiles to create room for pedestrian-centric place-making.
Importantly, POD elements might be incorporated into any larger real estate development project; and therefore the Pedestrian-Oriented Development tag may be appropriate in any project with physical or built POD elements. Equally important to note, Pedestrian-Oriented Development does not imply or require "pedestrian exclusive" development. Indeed, many POD projects focus specifically on how they will incorporate automobile pick-up and drop-offs that maximize pedestrian utility and efficiency (increasingly to accommodate the rise of ride-sharing apps (and soon autonomous and/or flying vehicles)).
See also: Transit-Oriented Development (TOD).
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