Density

November 30, 2012, 6am PST
Using new analysis of recent US Census data, Richard Florida demonstrates that “[c]ities and regions where density is more concentrated near their urban cores — appear to gain the biggest economic advantage.” That, and a tad more happiness.
The Atlantic Cities
November 6, 2012, 8am PST
Increasing mileage standards will do little to measurably reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In order to seriously tackle climate change we need to ditch the cars, and the development patterns they encourage, and move to walkable places.
Salon
October 30, 2012, 8am PDT
In a prescient article for the events of this week, John Seo looks at how the global march towards increased density (in technology, land use, and financial markets) has consequences, both beneficial and catastrophic.
Foreign Policy
October 28, 2012, 1pm PDT
Planner and urbanist Brent Toderian explains why Halloween is his favorite holiday.
Huffington Post British Columbia
October 26, 2012, 5am PDT
Christopher Hume delivers a forceful argument for why density is necessary for maintaining a prosperous Toronto in the decades ahead, and why the alternative, sprawl, is environmentally unsustainable and economically ruinous.
Toronto Star
October 22, 2012, 5am PDT
Does density cause higher housing prices? Can the private market supply low-income housing? What will it take to maintain housing affordability in successful, growing cities? Dan Bertolet seeks an answer to these questions in a piece for Citytank.
Citytank
October 15, 2012, 12pm PDT
If you were confused by recent census data that named four California metros, including Delano (pop 53,819), as the most dense in America, a new report that looks at "population-weighted density" may deliver more satisfying results.
The Atlantic Cities
October 8, 2012, 6am PDT
Author Kevin Baker offers a historical perspective of the Republican Party's shift to the "anti-urban party".
The New York Times
September 21, 2012, 9am PDT
With cities such as Vancouver struggling with housing affordability, limited developable land, and residents resistant to change, Bob Ransford suggests we need open and honest debate about density and the big picture of development.
The Vancouver Sun
September 19, 2012, 9am PDT
A new study shows that denser, more transit-oriented development will lead to an overall decrease in miles driven, reports Angie Schmitt.
Streetsblog
August 23, 2012, 7am PDT
As one of North America's largest suburbs, Mississauga is joining some of its neighbors in the Greater Toronto Area in planning an unprecedented effort to replace its suburban roots with something more urban.
The Globe and Mail
August 6, 2012, 2pm PDT
Kaid Benfield wades into the density debate by pointing out that density and sprawl can go hand in hand.
Switchboard
July 31, 2012, 6am PDT
In an urbanizing world, density is being recognized for its ability to stimulate the "metabolism of daily life." In an essay for <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>, Richard Florida argues that all density is not created equal, however.
The Wall Street Journal
July 29, 2012, 11am PDT
For a city of its size, London and its skyline are notoriously flat. Now, as the city struggles to expand its housing stock to meet the needs of it surging population, increasingly taller solutions are being prescribed, concerning some.
The Global Urbanist
June 29, 2012, 9am PDT
David Steel explains how Buffalo's zoning code not only makes it impossible to build the type of neighborhoods people love, but also guarantees that low density development pays less taxes.
Rust Wire
June 21, 2012, 10am PDT
Announced this week by <em>All Things Considered</em> hosts Melissa Block and Robert Siegel, National Public Radio is launching a new series called the NPR Cities Project and they're asking listeners for their input.
NPR
June 1, 2012, 7am PDT
While raw density numbers are sure to pick a fight, discussing character-based building typologies one neighborhood at a time may help find common ground.
PlaceShakers
May 24, 2012, 5am PDT
Roger Valdez gives his take on the new obstructionism that is dominating public participation and holding up much-needed growth in Seattle and elsewhere.
Crosscut
May 15, 2012, 5am PDT
Arguing for the value of historic low and mid-rise, but also dense, areas of Brooklyn, Washington D.C., and New Orleans, Edward T. McMahon asks us to reconsider the pursuit of density as an end in itself, and the high-rise as its fullest expression.
Citiwire.net
May 10, 2012, 12pm PDT
Trying to thread the needle between those who celebrate the demise of the exurb and those who bemoan smart growth policies, Edward Glaeser argues that we can, and should, have it all when it comes to housing choice in America.
Bloomberg View