Thursday, August 26, 2010

Should there be a “proper density”?

"Indeed, to anyone who respects consumer sovereignty, there is something a little jarring about Jacobs’s question: "What is the proper density for city dwellings?' " (E. Glaeser)

When it comes to urban planning, it seems there has been a long normative discussion about what should be a “proper density”. In this point I take Glaseser 's words as mine:

"Why in the world should there be a 'proper density'?
A good case can be made that cities succeed by offering
a diverse menu of neighborhoods that cater to a wide
range of tastes."

ps. Jane Jacobs wasn't always right.