MacArthur BART Transit Village

At a Glance:

Location: Oakland, California

Date: 2007

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Belonging and Civic Muscle, Humane Housing, Meaningful Work and Wealth, Reliable Transportation, Thriving Natural World

Determinants of Health: healthcare access, clean air, neighborhood safety, nutrition, employment, belonging and civic muscle, affordable housing, parks, transit system, traffic safety, clean water, physical activity, housing, healthcare access

Research Methods: Primary research, Qualitative research, Quantitative research

Community Types: urban

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MacArthur Transit Village project was presented in October 2006 at the MacArthur BART Citizen’s Planning Committee meeting. This HIA was conducted by the UC Berkeley Health Impact Group to evaluate the health effects of the proposed project, with the goal that it would be submitted to the Citizen’s Planning Committee and other public agencies. A parallel environmental impact report (EIR) was being conducted by the City of Oakland as mandated by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) law. Plans for the transit village include: multi-family housing, retail and community space, community and retail parking, and renovations to public infrastructure. The HIA found that overall, the project would likely result in a net increase in the regional housing supply and would encourage routine physical activity for project residents. The HIA also found that the MacArthur BART project could increase the amount of green and open space in the neighborhood and recommended development and landscaping of the project to meet this goal. The HIA also recommended pedestrian safety improvements and noise mitigation measures for residents who would live near the BART and freeway.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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