Plusurbia is devoted to spur and improve development in suburban corridors to convert them into transit oriented developments. These urban centers would encourage ridership and promote walkability, mobility, and accessibility for all. The incremental conversion of a former shopping center into dense, mixed-use development depicted in the drawings is a small example of the type of projects that can be implemented in suburban areas around the country.
Mid-rise buildings would provide housing and simultaneously increase the population needed to support transit use. Large swaths of parking lots fronting the street would instead be replaced with street-level retail and activity, promoting walkability and allowing people using transportation an area where they can fulfill many of their daily needs on their way to or from their destination. Reducing pavement and substituting it with green roofs would also help the environment, and along with an extensive tree canopy along the street, would reduce the heat island effect, creating a more comfortable walking and biking experience.
These developments can begin to convert sprawling suburban shopping centers into compact and vibrant urban centers that encourage the use of public transportation and promote a better quality of life.