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Steven Vance of Chi Streetsblog posted a chat with transportation consultant Andrew Salzberg in which they discuss Salzberg's map of density allowances for land near mass transit. It's a quick and one-dimensional look at Chicago's TOD possibilities, but the map shows just how enormous the opportunities are for upzoning heavy rail proximate parcels in areas beyond downtown. While the land that rings CTA stations tends to be zoned for slightly more intensive use (and often mixed residential-commercial) than nearby residential blocks, there's no dramatic difference in floor area ratio (FAR). Imperfect though it is, a map like this sure does uncomplicate matters. [Chi Streetsblog]