Ian Carlton, PhD is an urban development expert focused on building healthy, sustainable, inclusive, and vibrant places, particularly transit-oriented development (TOD). Leveraging his multidisciplinary background, including experience investing in station area properties, Ian has investigated transit planning and TOD implementation for more than a decade and worked with numerous clients to produce and implement strategies that yield world class transit projects and transit-supportive real estate investments. Ian is a project director at ECONorthwest where he oversees the customization of MapCraft's web applications for clients. Ian co-founded MapCraft, an urban data science firm producing real estate insights and mapping applications, and blogs about capturing the value of transit.
Ian's quantitative and qualitative studies have considered transportation and land use interactions, particularly the influence of transit service provision on real estate development. Specific research topics have included TOD finance, transit policy, value capture, TOD feasibility, transit planning norms, and TOD project failure amongst others.
Ian has been a trusted collaborator on many TOD studies and consultations. His mixed-methods capacities and familiarity with finance, real estate, and transportation make him a valuable investigator on interdisciplinary projects. With excellent leadership and communication skills, he is well suited to the PI and project manager roles." - Professor Robert Cervero, University of California Berkeley
Ian frequently teams with others to produce the best results. Ian has handpicked research teams and has joined existing teams. Whatever the situation, Ian appreciates working with research sponsors and co-investigators that value social and economic diversity.
Contact Ian if you are interested in sponsoring or collaborating on a research project.
Ian has helped clients develop practical, context-specific strategies that unlock the potential of transit-served places, including advising clients on transit value capture, economic development, and land use policies. Ian's work is grounded in up-to-date global transportation and land use research while being sensitive to local politics and markets.
We brought Ian on board at a critical time for transportation and land-use coordination at the City of Los Angeles. His ability to quickly get up to speed and calmly work with a large, multi-disciplinary team helped produce a cross-cutting strategic TOD vision. Ian's professionalism helped our Transit Corridors Cabinet navigate difficult issues, and the consulting team he assembled was ideal for the task. The results of the project inform our departments' work to this day." - Nat Gale, Program Director, Mayor's Office of Transportation, City of Los Angeles
With a focus on helping clients frame and successfully implement TOD, Ian's consulting engagements have included site-, station area-, and corridor-level real estate financial feasibility assessments.
To aid implementation, Ian has trained elected officials, government staff, local stakeholders, real estate investors, and future planning professionals on all aspects of urban development.
Ian frequently teams with others to optimally meet the needs of clients. Ian has handpicked teams and also enjoys participating on existing teams.
Contact Ian if you are interested in advisory services or teaming on a project.
Ian is regularly asked to speak at conferences or to civic groups about the benefits of TOD, his urban development research, TOD implementation, and transit value capture. Please reach out if you would like Ian to speak at your next event.