Statement: If you want to preserve our environment, lower-density development is better than higher-density development.
Fact: Higher-density development offers the best solution protecting clean air and clean water.
- According to the Urban Land Institute, lower-density development increases air and water pollution and destroys natural areas by paving and urbanizing larger areas of land. For more: Urban Land Institute
- Placing new development into already urbanized areas that are equipped with basic infrastructure like utility lines, police and fire protection, schools, and shops eliminates the financial and environmental costs of stretching those services farther out from the core community.
- Compact urban design reduces driving, preserves natural areas that are assets of the community including watersheds, preserve lands, open space and wildlife corridors.
- A “Future of Density” panel on May 8, 2020 engaged experts who spoke about how to leverage the COVID-19 crisis as an opportunity to transform our urban spaces for the better.
- “We are coming from a place where density is part of the solution,” said an executive director of Community Planning and Development.”
- “Focus on placemaking, health and equity, not density,” Sara Jensen Carr, an architect and assistant professor at Northeastern University. She said the reputation of density as a health risk suffers because it is often confused with crowding, which is not measured by typical real estate/planning metrics as floor-area ratios or dwelling units per acre.
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