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Density Dilemma

Leonard Gilroy
September 26, 2005, 10:22am

A certain contingent of the "smart growth" community seems to adopt a Pollyanna attitude towards higher-density housing -- "build it and they will come" -- despite abundant evidence to the contrary (polling data indicating strong consumer preference for suburban living/neighborhoods; continuing growth in suburban areas nationally; strong NIMBY resistance; etc.). Anthony Flint's new paper for the Lincoln Institute on Land Policy offers a reality check, highlighting the obstacles facing higher-density, transit-oriented development. Here's the abstract (key points in bold): The full study is available here (free registration required). Here's a recent example of a density backlash, via Tysons Corner, VA. And for more on this issue, see here, here, and here. (Via Planetizen)

Leonard Gilroy is Director of Government Reform

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