10 Principles for Making High-Density Cities Better

10 Principles for Making High-Density Cities Better

Getting the right city density – generally expressed in the US as people per square mile or homes per acre – to support sustainable and pleasant living is one of the trickiest problems we face as we address the future of our communities. The typically low densities of suburban sprawl built in the last half of the 20th century, despite their popularity at the time with a considerable share of the market, have been shown by a voluminous body of research to produce unsustainable rates of driving, carbon emissions, pollution, stormwater runoff, and adverse health impacts. Yet the highest densities can bring their own set of problems , including noise, traffic and even pedestrian congestion (perhaps more a matter of pleasantry than environmental problems per se ), local hotspots of runoff and air pollution, and loss of contact with nature, among others. I’ve argued repeatedly t...

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