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Tag Archives: Density

January 16, 2017
Keeping Cities Dense Can Help Conserve Energy Use

Denser cities are more energy efficient, says a new study that suggests that keeping urban areas across the world tightly packed could improve energy use and sustainability in decades to come.

Density Coming to San Diego’s Urban Core
San Diego Union Tribune

New development blueprints for the neighborhoods surrounding Balboa Park call for dense housing and commercial projects along transportation corridors, but limited changes elsewhere to preserve community character.

January 11, 2017
Miami Affordable Housing Plan May Double Some Densities
Miami Today News

Miami’s latest housing proposal could double allowed density of residential projects under certain conditions, and focuses on where there is the greatest need: workforce housing and extremely low-income housing.

January 9, 2017
Denver Still Less Densely Populated Than In 1950s

Despite the very high numbers of people moving to Denver (and Colorado in general) in recent years, much of the city is apparently still less densely populated now than it was in 1950.

January 8, 2017
Buffalo’s New Zoning Code Promotes Density, But Is It for Everyone?
Next City

Buffalo, New York’s new citywide, form-based zoning code has every buzzword an urbanist could hope for: Signed into law by Mayor Byron Brown on Tuesday, the Green Code promotes walkability, density, mixed-use development and complete streets redesigns. But is it equitable?

January 4, 2017
January 3, 2017
Density Is Not a Bad Word
Greater Greater Washington

DC’s population recently reached its highest point in 40 years, which for some stokes fears that the city is undergoing a “Manhattanization” and makes them want to reject density. But housing density does a lot of great things for cities, and we don’t talk about those benefits enough.

December 13, 2016
Urban Mass Transit Out Of Suburban Sprawl
Market Urbanism

All actions have unintended consequences, and reason cannot solve all the problems of the world. But the current fashion to construct mass-transit infrastructure in places, such as Phoenix, where none had existed before is like this in a certain sense.

December 12, 2016
Will Autonomous Vehicles Lead to Sprawl or Density?
Jordan Talks About Cities

Will self-driving cars achieve the urbanist dream of infill construction, parking lots and garages transformed into parks and affordable housing, and universal first/last mile transit? Yes. Will self-driving cars create greater sprawl? Yes.

Density Promotes Economic Sustainability
Buffalo Rising

In light of several high-profile development projects in the Elmwood Village, the local satellite of the Urban Land Institute hosted a presentation on Wednesday night about how densification and transit-oriented development foster sustainable community growth.

December 11, 2016
Denver Neighborhoods Were Denser in 1950 Than Today
Streetsblog Denver

When people complain about development that adds more homes and people, or push absurd ideas about closing the Front Range to newcomers, here’s something to keep in mind: A lot of Denver’s neighborhoods were denser in 1950 than in 2010.

How Much of Your City Is Really Urban?
Streetsblog Network

Many places that get categorized as “suburbs” are actually pretty urban. They may not be located in a central city, but they are compact, walkable places. But the inverse is also true.

December 7, 2016
Less Dense Than Code, NIMBYs Still Mad
Greater Greater Washington

Apartments are slated to go up at the site of a grocery store near American University. Some residents only want a grocery store to return there, but apartments are coming to the site no matter what. It’s the grocery store that the opposition could kill.

December 6, 2016
December 1, 2016
With Warming Climate, Poorer Suburbs More At Risk
City Metric

Australian cities are getting hotter. The many reasons for this include densification policies, climate change, and social trends such as bigger houses and apartment living, which leave less space for gardens and trees. But some areas are more exposed to heat than others.

November 29, 2016
High-Rises Are Energy Hogs, Not Climate Solutions

With the current emphasis on expanding high-rise construction, the City of Seattle is moving in a different direction that seriously compromises the long-term goal of urban sustainability.

Developers Want High Rises on Columbus’s North High Street
Columbus Dispatch

As available real estate dries up along High Street in the Short North, the University District and Clintonville, Columbus developers are asking for zoning exceptions for taller buildings that can handle an expected explosion in the urban population.

Road Length, Housing Density and Firms’ Operating Costs
Journal of Urban Technology (abstract)

This study shows that housing density explains better the operating cost per unit area of services such as roads and parks maintenance, while the relative length of roads does so in water cycle, waste collection, disposal, and treatment as well as street cleaning.

November 28, 2016
New Haven’s Zoning Changes Embrace New Urbanism
New Haven Independent

New Haven’s rewriting its zoning rules to make it easier to build apartment buildings mixed with stores in the center of town. At least that is part the goal of the latest round of proposed text amendments to the city’s zoning ordinance.

Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism

This year’s Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat conference spanned three cities of China’s Pearl River Delta, a vast urban region faced with the challenges of bringing amenity and sustainability to dense, polycentric urban areas.


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