In 10 short years since receiving his master’s degree in land use and transportation planning from the University of North Carolina, Christopher Yake has quickly become a national leader in the transit-oriented development (TOD) movement. He has worked coast to coast with cities, regions and transit agencies of all sizes and modes, from long-range visioning to actual vertical development and in all types of markets, from new to mature transit systems and disadvantaged to affluent communities.
Yake has had the opportunity to work in both the public and private sectors with an intentional emphasis on integrated transit and land-use planning. As an urban economist with Basile Baumann Prost & Associates, he served a number of clients, including local governments and transit agencies, to capture the full land-use potential of transportation investments.
As a senior planner with the city of Denver, he was a key member of the city’s TOD Initiative responding to planned TREX and FasTracks rail corridors.
Since relocating to Portland, he managed the Eastside MAX Station Communities Project, seeking to enhance TriMet’s Blue Line station areas 20 years after their opening. Most recently, as project manager for Portland Metro’s TOD Program Strategic Plan, he led the development of an innovative approach and methodology for evaluating TOD potential that has inspired regions and federal agencies to build similar typologies.
Yake’s recent move to Reconnecting America as a project director reflects the level of technical expertise in TOD he has gained over the years.
“There is nothing more gratifying than seeing my planning efforts lead to real-life urbanism … I am determined to foster communities where no child or adult will be limited by their transportation options.”