Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Are You Dense?

"What don't you get about us not wanting 'density?'"

This story in the Standard-Examiner StandardNET/Standard-Examiner again points out the problem planners and advocates of "quality growth" continue to have with the concept of more dense development. Like I say, to change the public's opinions about how we should grow is akin to turning an oil supertanker -- it takes a lot of time and space.


At 3:31 PM, Blogger Planner Perplexed said...

Same crap, different day.

I get so tired of hearing people groan about apartments and "high density". I've lived in just about every type of housing you can think of except a cardboard box and I can vouch for the need for a variety of housing options.

I could have bought my first home much earlier than I did, but I wanted to wait until I had a down payment and closing costs -- something you don't need anymore.

The Skeens and Lipperts of the world need to wake up and realize that their n'hood and city are not ruined because there are some "have nots" in the ward, or worse yet, not in the ward.

Heaven forbid we might have to talk to our neighbors or be patient with them as they learn parent or speak english.

Until we take a regional approach to housing questions posed by situations like this one, we will continue to struggle with this issue.

Frankly, my favorite place I ever lived was an apartment. Best neighbors, best location, best situation.

It's time for people to pull their heads out of the sand and take a proactive stance on planning their n'hood instead of the other way around.


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