American Public Media’s daily radio program Marketplace continued a series of reports, “The Next American Dream,” with an interview of Moule & Polyzoides Principal Elizabeth Moule at the firm’s award-winning Mission Station mixed-use, transit-oriented development. The radio series explores the ways that architects and developers are rethinking the traditional single-family home as changing economic influences, environmental considerations and family life all respond to needs of contemporary living.
In responding to questions from host Kai Ryssdal, Elizabeth Moule noted many characteristics of Mission Station that make it practical, affordable and sustainable, while enhancing the quality of life for residents. This includes a mix of uses (retail, housing, parking), a walkable location, proximity to a light rail transit station, landscaped courtyards, an emphasis on permanence of construction, a density that relates to the scale of the neighborhood, and a lower cost relative to single-family homes. The project has been recognized as a national model for transit-oriented developments by the Congress for the New Urbanism, the American Institute of Architects, Builder Magazine and the California Transportation Foundation