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Research article2022Peer reviewedOpen access

Situating the silence of recreation in transit-oriented development

Engstrom, Amalia; Qvistrom, Mattias


Transit-oriented development (TOD) is a prominent planning model that connects sustainable mobilities with land use. While this interface is crucial for sustainable development, it also requires, we argue, that all types of mobilities are considered. Therefore, this paper scrutinises how recreation and its mobilities have been studied within academic TOD literature. The review reveals a small number of studies of recreation, and by paying attention to their diverse geographical settings the scattered knowledge becomes even more apparent. Thereafter, to illustrate the consequences and situate our reading, we offer a place based critique of the TOD planning in a Swedish city. The case captures how policies silence local resources for recreation, not least by misinterpreting the modernist planning legacy. Finally, we argue that integrating recreation in the TOD model is as important as it is challenging: it requires a reconsideration of the urban ideal that TOD relies upon.


Land use; literature review; modernist planning; policy mobilities; recreational mobilities; Sweden

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International Planning Studies
2022, Volume: 27, number: 4, pages: 411-424