Density

October 31, 2011, 5am PDT
David Baker Architects latest public housing project in Oakland, California shows that high-density living can be attractive and feature a variety of housing types, writes Allison Arieff.
The Atlantic Cities
October 28, 2011, 11am PDT
In Vancouver, B.C., a newly approved plan to increase density along the Cambie corridor is sending housing prices skyrocketing and causing concern among residents about the character of their neighborhood.
CBC News
October 24, 2011, 2pm PDT
Elizabeth Farrelly suggests that happiness is only a possible side benefit to the true goal of cities, which is "...getting stuff done and, more importantly, generating the ideas that get stuff done."
The Sydney Morning Herald
October 5, 2011, 5am PDT
In this article and accompanying video, architecture critic Michael Kimmelman and Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden tour the Melrose section of the South Bronx. Along the way, affordability and density are apparent hallmarks of the undertaking.
The New York Times
Blog post
October 4, 2011, 1pm PDT

In a recent post, Todd Litman criticized the Texas Transportation Institute's Urban Mobility Report.  In this post, I'd like to do something a little different: assume that TTI's congestion estimates are more or less reliable, and try to learn something from them.  So here are a few observations:

Michael Lewyn
September 8, 2011, 11am PDT
A new land use study based on the 2008 "comp plans" data reveals a significant shift toward mixed-use and transit-oriented developments (TODs) in the Twin Cities seven-county metro area.
Finance And Commerce
September 5, 2011, 9am PDT
Economist Ryan Avent writes that the statistics show that people who live in denser cities have better jobs and are more productive.
The New York Times
Feature
September 1, 2011, 11am PDT
Are skyscrapers the way to achieve great density, or a form of retro-urbanism that should be retired? With a debate simmering in the planning world over the energy efficiency and urban necessity of tall towers, Planetizen's staff decided to determine the answer once and for all.
Tim Halbur
August 18, 2011, 10am PDT
Scientific American presents evidence that "high density living" is hardwired in humankind, and as populations grow, density increases.
Scientific American
August 9, 2011, 6am PDT
Alex Steffen presents the idea that by focusing development into "hyperdense" communities you create a host of benefits that reduce climate change by reducing trips.
TED
August 3, 2011, 8am PDT
Jenny Sullivan of Builder Magazine spots a trend for slightly increased densities in suburban towns, creating urban-lite communities that are attracting city dwellers who would never have dreamed of living in the burbs.
Builder Magazine
July 17, 2011, 9am PDT
Chuck Wolfe explains how the fusion of laundromats and dining are evidence of the evolving city and the ongoing need for regulatory reform.
Sustainable Cities Collective
June 24, 2011, 8am PDT
It is commonly accepted that most U.S. cities couldn't support transit-only streets. But Wellington, New Zealand is a model any U.S. city could follow, writes Jarrett Walker.
June 11, 2011, 9am PDT
Two big names are calling for more high rise development and less of the historic preservation efforts that have often prevented it in dense urban areas. <em>The Philadelphia Inquirer</em>'s Inga Saffron says they're wrong.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
May 31, 2011, 2pm PDT
David Roberts at Grist argues that density doesn't just have those hippie benefits like improving the environment or creating communities - it also can create engines of prosperity and economic growth.
Grist
May 26, 2011, 9am PDT
Density reduces costs and helps make places more sustainable, according to this post in a series on "great places".
Grist
May 24, 2011, 11am PDT
Yes, people walk around more, less obesity, etc. But a report shows that city kids are less frequently allowed outside to play for safety concerns.
New Geography
May 23, 2011, 6am PDT
Old Urbanist argues that zoning has never effectively preserved property values, but has done exactly the opposite by not allowing more valuable uses to replace less valuable ones.
Old Urbanist
May 18, 2011, 6am PDT
In Vancouver, urban density is being attacked as a detriment to the city. But as this column argues, the city's emphasis on density and transit accessibility is what makes the city great.
The Globe and Mail
May 16, 2011, 7am PDT
Retail shopping in Hong Kong is a diverse experience of density, hidden storefronts and extreme visual stimulation, as this tour of the city's shopping areas shows.
Metropolis