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Center for Sustainable Urban Life
and catalyze economic growth.
More common in Europe and
Asia than in the United States,
transit-oriented
development
often integrates housing and retail
around stations as part of a
holistic plan.
The Kings Cross District in
London is a key example of this.
Once an industrial wasteland,
the area drew interest for the
Eurostar London terminal at
the district's St. Pancras railway
station. A vision for redevelopment
was followed by intensive
studies and local input in 2001,
with goals to honor the district's
rich and varied history, repurpose
its industrial buildings and capitalize
on its canal-side setting.
Further transit improvements to
help galvanize this vision included
the upgrade of the King's Cross
St. Pancras Underground station
and redevelopment of the historic
King's Cross station, which was
completed in 2012. The latter is
now a dynamic transport hub
that directly links all three stations,
becoming a destination in
its own right.
Today, the 67-acre area
around the King's Cross station
continues its transformation
into a thriving mixed-use district
with a strong sense of local
community. Its homes, shops, offices,
galleries, bars, restaurants,
schools and even a university
convey the district's history and
cultural flavor. Perhaps what
makes the King's Cross development
so successful is precisely its
strong identity, which is authentically
rooted in its historical and
even more recent past.
Depending on what is relevant
to local needs and contexts,
stations may evolve to become
decentralized productivity centers,
cultural hubs or generators
of community businesses. The
goal will always be to establish a
focus and identity that meaningfully
responds to and is expressive
of the community where the
station resides.
© Arup
Expanding the Role
With national attention focused
on transit infrastructure investment
as well as the need for increased
housing, there is greater
potential
than ever for urban
rail stations across the nation to
use mixed-use redevelopment
to achieve broader city and
community goals. Especially as
cities look to reinvigorate districts
ravaged by the pandemic,
station redevelopment is an important
strategy for economic
regeneration. In some cases, by
sheer proximity, they can activate
surrounding commerce by
bringing in more foot traffic and
business. But they can also aim to
play a more active, expanded role
in economic development by providing
places and programs that
enhance community initiatives.
Such approaches might include
providing spaces for learning
and discovery with lectures and
job fairs; supporting skills workshops
run by local businesses;
and partnering with community
organizations and businesses to
generate apprenticeships in targeted
growth fields.
At the same time, embracing
this larger role will often mean
designing in urban contexts of
ever greater complexity without
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a proportional increase in space,
all with a large constellation of
end-users and stakeholders. Stations
that aim to support broader
socioeconomic benefits will need
to rigorously integrate public
and community input to achieve
results that align with local redevelopment
goals and create
meaningful impact. Not least,
within these space constraints,
urban stations have to function
effectively while designing for
emergency spaces, energy savings
and resiliency. And with an eye
to future proofing their redevelopment
investment, stations must
become agile spaces with built-in
flexibility, enabling them to support
new functions, technologies,
behaviors and transit trends.
The challenges for urban
stations today are considerable.
As they take us to a new era of
transportation, stations must
uphold their civic role to positively
contribute to their urban
environments. This includes embracing
ways to maximize public
space and creatively envisioning
new roles to elevate their communities.
As powerful strategic
assets, the urban station has tremendous
potential to bring real
transformation to the nation's
cities and people.
REDEVELOPMENT
OF King's Cross
Station in
London was
completed in
2012.
Gillian Blake is
a principal at
Arup, leading the
infrastructure team
in New York. She
has a wide range
of experience in
various transport,
railway and mass
transit projects, as
well as associated
developments in
the U.S., Canada,
Hong Kong,
Singapore and
Europe. Blake has
led multidisciplinary
design teams in
station designs
ranging from
transport planning
to architectural
fit-out.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of July-August_2021

Ad Index
Editor's Notebook
People & Places
A Note from the Editor
Charles Carroll Carter: How He Left His Mark on Public Transit
Transit Industry Advancements: Riding on Rubber
EMBARK-ing Toward Better Mobility
Re-imagining Stations as the Center of Sustainable Urban Life
Via Jersey City Success Story
Products
The Scheduling Conundrum
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July-August_2021 - Ad Index
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July-August_2021 - A Note from the Editor
July-August_2021 - Charles Carroll Carter: How He Left His Mark on Public Transit
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