Perceptions About Density
Discussing density can be controversial because there are many established perceptions of accompanying attributes of dense neighborhoods. These perceptions can be positive (environmentally friendly, culturally rich, increased economic competitiveness), or negative (crime, pollution, income disparities). The following websites and resources provide information that can help drive discussions of design and technology as they relate to density.
Cultural PreferencesEach culture has different preferences and values related to density. Countries where multiple family generations live in close proximity may be more comfortable with higher densities than countries that stress independence.
The Sierra Club's 'Huddled Masses' Vision
CrowdingCrowding can be a positive or negative attribute. Crowded parties are typically positive and crowded trains are typically negative.
CrimeDense areas sometimes have a reputation for high crime rates. Is this true? What are other indicators for crime?
HealthDense areas sometimes are thought of as unhealthy areas to live. Pollution from traffic can contribute to asthma, however, walkable neighborhoods can help decrease obesity rates.
Housing Affordability + OwnershipHow is density related to housing prices? Are multi family homes a good investment for home owners? Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey
CNT Housing and Affordability Index
Environment, Nature, SustainabilityDensity is often thought of as a sustainable factor in city design. The following resources explore this topic.
Habitat / green space preservation
Millennials + Next GenerationHousing and transportation preferences change with generations. Where will the millennials and the next generation want to live? Urban living prefereneces