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Transit-oriented development -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area -- Evaluation, Housing policy -- Oregon, Transportation -- Oregon -- Accessibility, Choice of transportation -- Surveys


The Merrick is a mixed-use, transit-oriented development located at 1231 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in Portland, in the Lloyd Center/Rose Quarter area. There are 185 rental apartments in the building, along with ground floor commercial space and underground parking. Metro provided the developers of The Merrick with financial assistance through the agency's Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) program. One primary purpose of the TOD program is to create higher density, mixed-use developments near transit stations that will increase transit ridership. Because of their involvement in the project, Metro wanted documentation of the transit use and travel patterns of Merrick residents. In late January 2005, Metro contracted with the Center for Urban Studies at Portland State University to conduct a survey of residents of The Merrick. Professor Jennifer Dill was already starting a separate research project surveying residents at two other TODs in the Portland region and agreed to do this project on a very short timeframe. This report presents the Merrick survey methodology and results. Once the other research project is completed, the Merrick results can be compared to other TODs and to “control” neighborhoods that do not have all of the TOD characteristics.


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