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Transportation -- Planning, People with disabilities -- Transportation, Shrinking cities, Sustainability


For 15 years, scholars have claimed that accessibility-based transportation planning was at the brink of becoming a new paradigm, and yet this hope remains unrealized. Its implementation may lag due to vague definitions when compared to mobility, or because those who would benefit from accessibility-based planning lack political power to rally its support. Possibly, the lag in implementation reflects the missing linkages between theory and application for many contexts. This literature review synthesizes knowledge regarding the applications for accessibility-based transportation planning for shrinking cities along the themes of environmental, social, and economic sustainability. While residents in shrinking cities might especially benefit from such applications, context-specific challenges will require attention.


This is a draft final report, NITC-SS-736, from the NITC program of TREC at Portland State University, and can be found online at:

The project brief can be found here:

The presentation associated with this report, as well as an article subsequently published in Housing Policy Debate, are attached as supplemental files.



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Shrinking_Accessibility_Webinar_Share_Version.pdf (874 kB)
Is Accessibility Planning Feasible in US Shrinking Cities? (Presentation)

LAI_In_Press_Share_Version.pdf (2029 kB)
Housing Policy Debate publication