19 May '11, 1pm

Ed Glaeser's #urbanism on steroids needs a little context- efficiency isn't everything: #smartgrowth #urbanplanning

Ed Glaeser's #urbanism on steroids needs a little context- efficiency isn't everything: #smartgrowth #urbanplanning

I think you're right that the basic issue is efficient use of land and also that there's plenty of room for densification in towns and cities in both the US and UK without putting up high-rise buildings. They have their place, a few of them, in the very centre of major cities, but it's quite possible to have appropriate densities in towns and cities that don't involve any tower blocks at all. The late Victorian and Edwardian cities built more than 100 years ago pulled off this feat, so why can't we? The reason why high-rise isn't the panacea some of the more extreme urbanists believe is the same reason that we need to conserve historic areas. We have to reverse the wooly minded 100-year drift to low-density suburbs in the bizarre belief they are attractive places to live (tell that to any kid who has spent their teenage years waiting for buses). To do that we have to convi...

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grist.org 19 May '11, 5pm

I just finished Mr. Glaeser's book a couple of days ago and found myself troubled by some of the same points Mr. Benfield ...