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Tag Archives: Density

October 13, 2016
October 12, 2016
Density and Class in Early Manhattan
The Atlantic City Lab

New York is America’s largest and most dynamic city. But how did it transform during the 19th century from a small mercantile city to an industrial powerhouse?

October 6, 2016
Does Density Trigger Crime and Decline in Ridership?
Urban Studies (abstract)

Studies in the land use–travel connection have long neglected the role of neighborhood crime. This paper analyses this role of crime and explores whether compact land-use characteristics tend to cluster more crimes, thus having a negative impact on public transit use.

September 29, 2016
Daniel Libeskind Preaches Density, Design, and Desire
Urban Toronto

“I really love Toronto,” Daniel Libeskind tells me. “It’s a beautiful city, and it’s growing so quickly, and really becoming a global cultural centre. And the diversity is incredible,” the architect continues; he offers an optimistic—if guarded—vision of the future.

September 28, 2016
How Australian Cities Have Changed Over Last 30 Years
The Conversation

Since settlement, Australian cities have been shaped and reshaped by history, infrastructure, natural landscapes and – importantly – policy. So, have our cities changed in the last 30 years? Have consolidation policies had any effect? Have we contained sprawl?

September 22, 2016
Why Sprawl Is Not the Only Choice
The American Conservative

Last week Issi Romem, an economic analyst at BuildZoom, a company that helps people find and hire contractors, published a ‘sprawl is cheap’ analysis that sent urbanists reeling. It should not have done so. Romem’s data was not new and his analysis was flawed.

September 21, 2016
Austin Chamber Says Land Reform is Top Transport Priority
Austin Monitor

The Austin Chamber of Commerce has a new primary pill in its prescription for treating the city’s notorious traffic congestion, but it’s one that’s been known to cause many a case of political hives: density.

Edmonton Failing on Infill, But Winning on Denseburbs
Edmonton Journal

13 per cent of all housing in Edmonton is infill housing, representing a failure to move toward the target of 25 percent. It’s down from a high of 19 per cent in 2011. The percentages have been sliding. So a major fail, right?

September 20, 2016
Does St. Louis Have a Disdain for Density?
St. Louis Public Radio

Researchers recently studied efforts to revitalize older industrial cities in Europe — and local officials are looking at the lessons that they might learn to design urban strategies for St. Louis.

September 15, 2016
The Ugly Choice American Cities Make
The Washington Post

There are two ways for cities to grow when they’ve ran out of housing: They can expand outward or inward, replacing small buildings with larger ones, tucking new construction on unused lots, growing upwards instead of farther out. The first is the typical American way.

September 14, 2016
The Difficulties of Density
The Atlantic CityLab

Despite its merits, in the U.S., density peaked in the 1950s and has declined since then.

September 7, 2016
August 30, 2016
Developer Wins Lawsuit Challenging Anti-Density Rule
The C Is For Crank

Developer Bendare Dundat prevailed today in a lawsuit challenging a city ordinance that requires developers who want to build on small, “substandard” lots adjacent to existing developments to submit their proposals to design review.

Strategies for Increasing Urban Density and Livability

Urban sprawl is not just an eyesore. The increased pollution, wear and tear on roads and public transit infrastructure comes with costs in terms of money and livability. But some cities are finding innovative ways to combat sprawl.

August 15, 2016
August 14, 2016
Prevent Sprawl But Require Density
SF Gate

Ventura County is the most glorious and verdant of California kingdoms. The secret? “No other county in the United States has more effective protections against urban sprawl,” says the website of SOAR, a.k.a. Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources, a family of growth-controlling ballot measures.

August 9, 2016
Clark County Residents Worry Density May Ruin Rural Feel
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Randy Kidd recalls being able to ride horses right out his front gate when he bought his Clark County property in the 1990s — it reminded him of his native Texas. Now Kidd and his neighbors worry a proposed zoning change to a parcel across the street that would allow higher-density development will encroach on […]

August 8, 2016
Time to Hold the Line on Downzoning

Forty-one years after a rezoning left most of Lowry Hill East zoned low-density, the city of Minneapolis has put neighborhood rezoning back on the table. The current plan is nearly all downzoning, meant to clean up the few high-density scraps left over from 1975.

August 3, 2016
August 1, 2016
L.A. Is Not A Suburb, It Should Stop Being Planned Like One
Los Angeles Times

Living in Los Angeles can be frustrating. Traffic is frozen, housing prices out of reach, building permits unpredictable, and streets too often unsafe for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike. These challenges are as endemic to L.A. as sunshine and food trucks. But they don’t have to be.


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