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Tag Archives: Density

November 28, 2016
Atlanta’s Plan to Create Own Times Square

New York’s Times Square, London’s Piccadilly Circus, Tokyo’s Shibuya Crossing: These teeming “bright lights districts” are such integral parts of each megacity’s identity that a visitor almost feels compelled to experience their frenetic, always-illuminated energy.

November 21, 2016
Video: Why We Should Build Our Cities Upward

Why should we build taller cities? Because cities with taller buildings are cool as hell. But seriously, building cities upward rather than outward can help solve a lot of problems that come with living in our terrible urban sprawls.

November 20, 2016
Minneapolis Pushes Density, Neighborhoods Push back

Francesco Parisi moved the Minneapolis nine years ago to take a professorship at the University of Minnesota Law School. Six years later, he moved into the city’s North Loop neighborhood because it reminded him of cities in his native Italy.

November 16, 2016
Wealthy S.F. Neighborhood Fights Low-Income Housing
San Francisco Chronicle

When a nonprofit developer applied to build 150 apartments for low-income seniors in the affluent Forest Hill neighborhood of San Francisco west of Twin Peaks, city housing officials were thrilled. But just a month later, the project is in deep trouble.

November 14, 2016
Squeezing the Balloon in Missoula
Granola Shotgun

I spent a week exploring Missoula which is geographically between those two towns. Missoula is the kind of small rural college town that appeals to me, having the advantage of a compact walkable downtown while providing a generous supply of nearby single family homes.

November 9, 2016
November 8, 2016
November 7, 2016
Density Is at the Center of San Diego Climate Fight
Next City

San Diego environmentalists and urbanists are sounding the alarm. They say if the city doesn’t take steps to increase density in its inner-core neighborhoods it won’t be on track to accomplish its climate goals.

November 6, 2016
Wilshire Boulevard Could Help Transform Car-Friendly L.A.
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles built Wilshire Boulevard as a majestic path for the automobile, and perhaps no place reflected that grandeur more than the Miracle Mile. Now, with high-rises, mixed-use buildings, and a light rail line, Wilshire could signify the beginning of a different L.A.

November 3, 2016
1M People Along Wilshire Could Make L.A. More Sustainable
Los Angeles Times

How can we absorb an additional 1.5 million people while accounting for the impacts of climate change, advancing environmental sustainability and urban affordability without completely destroying the character that Angelenos love about their city? Short answer: smart density.

November 2, 2016
Designing the Urban DMA

Great cities and neighbourhoods always have a particular kind of urban intensity – what we might call the “character”, “buzz” or “atmosphere” that emerges over time. One way to understand these properties is to think about a city’s “urban DMA” – its density, mix and access.

October 27, 2016
The Argument for Density First in the U.S.
Lisa Schweitzer

Earlier this week, I caused some trouble by pointing out that I think it’s possible to overemphasize cities, and in particular, regional form changes, as a climate strategy. Here’s some further rationale.

San Diego Looks to Limit Driving without New Density
San Diego Union Tribune

Under pressure to shrink its carbon footprint, San Diego on Tuesday rolled out proposals aimed at encouraging commuters to curb their driving — from eliminating parking spaces to getting businesses to offer incentives for employees to walk, bike and take mass transit.

The Deception of Density

If we think carefully about the flaws in measuring how dense a place is, we can better articulate what we actually value about urbanism.

October 25, 2016
DART Sees $200M Opportunity in a Parking Lot
Dallas Morning News

“There aren’t many 11-acre tracts south of Northwest Highway on U.S. Highway 75 to take advantage of,” DART President Gary Thomas said. “Mockingbird Station, I would suggest, is at the northern edge of Uptown’s growth right now.”

October 24, 2016
Does Metro Serve the Densest Parts of D.C.?
Greater Greater Washington

The maps below show where DC’s most densely-populated pockets are, as well as where its Metro stops are. It turns out they aren’t always the same places, or in other words, DC isn’t building enough around transit.

Density Hawks Should Look in the Mirror on Climate Policy
Lisa Schweitzer

As we tell ourselves that “density will save us”, we are not doing some of those short-term demand reduction strategies, many of which could be very potent, that would get us well on our way to saving ourselves.

October 20, 2016
Singapore Starts Self-Driving Bus Trials

Countries around the world are encouraging the development of new transport technologies, and high-density Singapore is hoping driverless vehicles will prompt its residents to use more shared vehicles and public transport.

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.


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