26 Nov '12, 12am

Cities are becoming less dense, like it or not. So NYU's Solly Angel says plan for urban expansion, don't fight it.

There’s a hot word in the debate about the future of our cities: density. Cities, we are told, like middle-aged men, have a tendency to spread; they develop suburban love handles if you don’t keep tight control over their intake of housing and people. And when this happens you apparently get all sorts of problems. Your infrastructure, like taut Y-front elastic, becomes dangerously stretched. People living on the periphery are no longer served by public transport so go everywhere by car, clogging up the urban centre and causing pollution to boot. Melbourne is a city that’s regularly cited as a metropolis that needs to watch its paunch. Sydney too. Urbanists and city hall officials scared of becoming victims of sprawl use legislation and planning controls to try and turn the tide. This usually results in easing restrictions on the height of buildings in the hearts of cities ...

Full article: http://www.monocle.com/monocolumn/2012/09/12/should-citie...

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