Date of Award

1999

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Community Planning

First Advisor

Farhad Atash

Abstract

The purpose of the Independence Centre Master Plan is to create a conceptual plan for a transit-oriented development for a 130 acre site surrounding the MBTA commuter rail station in Kingston, MA. The subdivision of lots, the location of individual parking areas, and other specific decisions are to be made by the developer of the site. This report is written to illustrate how the concept of transit-oriented development can be applied to the site in question. This plan illustrates the benefits of transit-oriented development for this specific site, including the prevention of sprawl development, and the increase in property tax revenue after development. One main purpose of this plan is to promote transit-oriented development as an alternative to conventional development practices in Southeastern Massachusetts, and elsewhere. Many of the harmful effects of sprawl development practices can be avoided through the practice of consistently creating compact village centers around light rail and other mass transit stations.

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