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Density without destruction?

Is it possible to increase density in urban areas without upsetting the neighbours?

Over the weekend I spent some time around Brisbane’s West End.  It’s a suburb with many ‘tin and timber’ character homes. It’s also where industrial areas along the prized Brisbane riverfront are undergoing urban renewal.

One thing you notice in West End are the signs on many fences and letter boxes: “Many stories not 30 stories!”. It’s clear that there are residents who don’t like the idea of high rises towering above them. Unfortunately, things like “population caps” are completely unworkable. The only practical way is up.

But can we get increased density  while preserving character and lifestyle?

Perhaps small developments like multi-unit dwellings and townhouses might be one answer…


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March 28, 2010 at 8:59 pm

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