Does Density Make A City Thrive?

The population density of Paris is about three times that of Boston. If Boston's population were tripled, would it would become another Paris?
February 9, 2004, 8am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"According to the pro-density argument, urban institutions require a certain threshold population to support them. If not enough people want to shop or eat out, there won't be many good stores or restaurants. If the audience for music, theater, or art is small, these activities will not flourish. If the tax base is scanty, schools and municipal services will be substandard. Even parks need people to use them, and if the parks are deserted, they will not receive the upkeep they need to remain attractive... If density is such a good thing, why haven't more people gotten the message?"

Thanks to Jim Barrows

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Published on Thursday, February 5, 2004 in Harvard University
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