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Tag Archives: Density

July 27, 2016
Neighbors and Germs: The Density Dilemma

Concentrated populations are often seen as a boon for the environment because resources can be easily shared. But so can pathogens. How can cities discourage infectious disease?

July 14, 2016
July 13, 2016
Finding Hidden Density in Louisville’s Highlands
Broken Sidewalk

Sometimes you’ve got to get creative when developing in the Highlands. That’s the idea behind a proposal for five new apartments in a three story structure just off Murray Avenue and Bardstown Road in the Bonnycastle neighborhood.

July 11, 2016
July 10, 2016
How a 100-Year Old Zoning Law Shaped Manhattan
Next City

This month marks the 100th anniversary of New York’s 1916 zoning law, which imposed regulations on the use and height of buildings, responding to widespread concern that early 20th-century New York was becoming too dense too quickly.

Urban Sprawl and Property Tax Effects
Regional Studies (abstract)

A city’s core and suburban property tax differentials can affect sprawl within an urban area. This paper empirically addresses this issue by analyzing the pattern of density growth of 72 Italian functional urbanized areas.

July 4, 2016
What Does Urban Density Actually Mean?
City Metric

In debates about urban density we often find comments about buildings being too tall or not tall enough, about too many people in a neighbourhood or too few, about streets and buildings being overcrowded or empty. But as these debates continue, what is most often missing is any clear understanding of what people mean by […]

How Transit Hubs Can Spur Dense Development
The Globe and Mail

“We’ve seen it time and time again, you build the transportation system, people follow and communities start to build up, schools start to build up, and it’s the perfect thing,” says Carmen Bianco, who founded his own consultation company, Bianco Associates, upon leaving the MTA last August.

Managing Optimum Urban Density
Urban Research and Practice (abstract)

Urban density (UD) management is one of the major challenges faced by cities. Studies on density estimation and modeling show the significance of this issue in the growing cities and metropolises.

June 30, 2016
L.A. Density Backlash is Overhyped
Better Institution

In a built-out city like LA, growing up will inevitably mean some tearing down. That doesn’t mean we ignore the impacts on displaced households, but it does mean that we need to accept that every building can’t be preserved if we’re going to increase the supply of housing.

June 29, 2016
Zoning Change in Fairfax, VA Could Allow More Density
Greater Greater Washington

The Board of Supervisor’s decision to approve the zoning code change last week is emblematic of an effort to make sure that new housing and office space are paired with transportation options.

June 28, 2016
Photos: Our Densely Populated Planet
The Guardian

Falling birth rates in many parts of the world are being offset by rising life expectancy, and by 2050, more than two-thirds of humanity will live in cities. We take a look at our increasingly crowded world.

June 27, 2016
June 23, 2016
June 20, 2016
Are Elevators the Next Wave of Disruption?

Where we live right now isn’t working. The old manufacturing economy allowed vibrant, globally competitive industries to establish themselves in essentially arbitrary locations.

June 13, 2016
New York State Bill Could Explode NYC’s Skyline
New York Magazine

The bills, quietly introduced by Brooklyn Senator Simcha Felder and Harlem Assemblyman Keith Wright, would remove a 1961 density cap placed on residential buildings. Under the new rules — which could be passed before the session ends next Friday — residential buildings in most of the city could be far bigger than they are now.

Fairfax Activists Challenge Denser Zoning
Washington Post

The Fairfax Planning Commission is scheduled to vote next week on whether to allow more and higher buildings near Metro stations and in aging commercial areas, part of an effort to increase the number of lively urban centers in Virginia’s largest jurisdiction.

June 8, 2016
Re-Framing Urban Space
Housing Studies (abstract)

How should urban design be applied for emerging hybrid and high-density conditions?

June 1, 2016
May 30, 2016
Design As a Weapon Against Growth
Smart Growth Seattle

Design can also be the refuge of the NIMBY wolf in urbanist sheeps clothing: “The reason people don’t like density is because they build it ugly.” While that logic is deeply flawed, what’s true is that the utility value of housing far exceeds the way it looks, and while tastes change over time people’s need […]

America’s Big, Dense Cities
Amateur Planner

Right now (well, as of the 2010 census), there are six cities with at population of at least 500,000 and a density of at least 10,000, but the picture was quite different 60 years ago.

May 25, 2016
Modern Zoning Would’ve Killed America’s Dense Cities

For people who like dense, walkable, cities, there are only a few genuine options in America. “Legacy cities” are unique because they grew before the automobile, necessitating dense settlement patterns, while other U.S. cities grew afterwards. But another factor is that they grew before the evolution of strict zoning regulations.


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