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Tag Archives: Density

May 3, 2017
Older, Denser Neighborhoods Offer Better Access
UCI News

A research team with UCI’s Metropolitan Futures Initiative calculated the number of everyday destinations within a mile of each of the region’s more than 5 million homes. Closer destinations mean less driving, decreased traffic congestion and lower carbon emissions.

May 2, 2017
Houston Sidewalks Aren’t Keeping Up With Density
Houston Chronicle

Downtown Houston is seeing a rash of new residential skyscrapers going up. A lot of people are moving downtown, and yet vibrancy doesn’t seem to be taking off like it should. We do seem to have the density — why isn’t the urban life taking off?

May 1, 2017
Should Australian Cities Be More Dense?

The extensive suburbs in the middle rings of Australia’s east coast capitals explain why they’re so much less dense than comparable Canadian cities.

Did CodeNEXT Fail On Climate Change?

Transit advocate Seth Goodman wishes CodeNEXT would bring more density to Central Austin, which he says would reduce traffic and enhance environmental quality.

April 30, 2017
Austin’s Human Rights Commission Reviews CodeNEXT
Austin Monitor

The city’s Human Rights Commission is taking a look at CodeNEXT in an attempt to understand the implications of the controversial overhaul of Austin’s land development code on vulnerable populations.

April 27, 2017
April 26, 2017
High-Density Intensified Housing Developments in Asia
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

This paper highlights the key considerations and trends in the development of new urban spaces in the context of high-density, high-intensity residential urban environments in Asia.

April 25, 2017
April 20, 2017
Interests Behind ‘City Shapers’ Subvert High-Density Policies
The Conversation

Urban consolidation features in the planning policy of every Australian capital, but is highly contentious. Communities often resist attempts to increase density. And research suggests such policies are inconsistently implemented and often fail to achieve sustainability goals.

April 18, 2017
Getting From Here to There
Journal of the American Planning Association (abstract)

A comment on “Does Compact Development Make People Drive Less?” by Dr. Mark Stevens.

April 17, 2017
Houston Isn’t All Sprawl
The Urban Edge

Digging deeper into Houston and Harris County’s residential building stock complicates the notion that its built environment should be defined solely by its low-density housing.

April 13, 2017
Portland’s Next Density Spurt

Flashy new residential projects near the Burnside Bridge suggest the expansion of the Rose City’s urban core has leaped across the Willamette River.

April 12, 2017
April 6, 2017
What Drove the Driving Downturn?

In an (academic) brawl over sprawl, planners are debating whether compact development contributed to a recent decrease in vehicles miles traveled.

April 3, 2017
April 2, 2017
Supporting Density Without Considering Housing Costs
The Urbanist

At some point, maybe in two years or ten years, the endless rise of housing costs in Seattle will stop. We might see a recession. Hiring may slow. Incomes could flatten. Even if we don’t build one more unit of housing, rents can’t rise indefinitely.

March 29, 2017
March 22, 2017
March 19, 2017
Managing Australia’s Density Transition
International Planning Studies (abstract)

This paper explores the transition towards the compact city model in Australia, which has become the orthodoxy of metropolitan planning in the last two decades.

March 15, 2017
New Evidence That Dense Development Reduces Driving
Huffington Post

If, as a city planner or elected official, one of your objectives is to slow or reverse the growth of traffic and its associated environmental and economic costs, encouraging development close to the regional center is a useful policy tool to have in your collection of options.

March 14, 2017


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