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Via Sol Pushes Transit-Oriented Design to its Fullest

This week, we’re talking about transit-oriented communities.

Prior to the pandemic, our light rail system exceeded expectations for ridership and for safety. Our Via Sol community will be at the doorstop of the new Southwest Line, just three stops from Downtown. But you knew that.

Happy learning and happy living!


The PLACE Team:

Chris Velasco Elizabeth Bowling Alice Hiniker Todd Bagby

Transit-Oriented Communities

A large portion of the American population does not or cannot drive. Transit-oriented communities are mixed-income, mixed-use communities in walkable neighborhoods with easy access to transit, that reduce dependence on driving. Not only are these communities better for people, they’re better for the economy. The more new communities are located along new transit lines, the more economic benefit transit provides. When riders of our Minnesota light rail are surveyed, they say their favorite thing about riding the light rail is that they can get work done. Another favorite is simply not having to worry about driving, parking, or traffic. Of course, we at PLACE also appreciate the benefits to our environment.

Via Sol is a Prime Example

PLACE’s Via Sol community could not have easier access to transit, with a new light rail station being constructed at our front door, and the regional bike trail running along our property. Our residents will be fifteen minutes from downtown, whether taking light rail or riding a bike. Live/work space for creatives also means many people won’t need to commute to work, but can work from home, using US Internet’s Fiber Optic Internet. Food will be grown organically on site. We are walking distance from schools and parks and shopping and dining. For some households, this transit-oriented community will allow them to get rid of their car and get paid $70 a month to do it. We’re pushing transit-oriented design to its fullest extent.

PLACE has imagined Via Sol to be a wholly new way to live. We know that you’ll find it a rewarding place to live, work, and connect.

To learn more about transit-oriented communities:

Metropolitan Council TOD Planning

Hennepin County Transit-Oriented Development

Via Sol

PLACE’s Via Sol community, a sustainable, transit-oriented community in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, producing its own food and energy, filled with art and imagination, offering healthy apartments and live/work space to households across the income spectrum.

Via Sol is currently under construction and expected to open in summer of 2022. Applications are now being accepted. For more information:


Call 612.444.2VIA (612.444.2842)

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