The Power of Infilltration

Lunday, Elizabeth Austin
January 2006
Planning;Jan2006, Vol. 72 Issue 1, p16
Trade Publication
The article discusses the trend of encouraging neighborhoods to increase their densities and the diversity of their housing types. Social and economic sustainability is promoted within a neighborhood by a widemix of housing. In urban areas where suburban growth is limited, particular interest in increasing density through infill and redevelopment has sprung up. A mix type of housing accommodates people at different points in their life, provides more stability and more choices. Life insurance companies and pension funds also easily finance the developers of large multifamily projects. For multidwelling projects, connectivity is another key element. Good planning and design are crucial as well. Most new subdivisions tend to segregate different types of housing and different densities, although multidwellings often go hand in hand. Many people think that higher densities are the wave of the future. A point to remember would be the larger the project and the greater its density, the farther it should be from the center of the neighborhood.


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