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The Annals of Planning

Here’s a shot of the Warehouse District stop at one end (the other is the Mall of America) of Minneapolis’ one-line light rail system:

You hate to see an open air parking lot adjacent to a transit node under any circumstances but especially when it’s a central city node like this one situated in a walkable area. Even if you went really transit crazy, in any city space immediately adjacent to a rail station is going to be relatively rare. Thus it’s quite important to make sure that you’re using the space in high-value ways — places for people to live or shop or work — rather than as inefficient parking lots.

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