Where We Live: Sustainable Density
How Big Is Too Big?
Worldwide, more people are moving to cities than ever before...but can our cities handle the load?
Between 1990 and 2008, the EPA reports that in roughly half of the 50 largest metropolitan regions dramatically increased their growth.
Why are people flocking back? Lower crime rates...along with a desire by empty nesters and young adults for walkable communities...high-paying jobs, stores, restaurants, parks, and supermarkets.
Then there’s high cost of commuting as gas prices go up.
To many urban planners - disciples of “density” this is all good news. But how big is too big? Aging infrastructure, noise, crowds, traffic, crime, and the high cost of urban housing and education are also part of urban life.
Today, where we live - “sustainable” density.