It turns out, people like being around each other—and they want housing options that support that
Many fear the word "density," imagining East Berlin-style conformist cement boxes where character and vitality do not live. But density, or EcoDensity as the City is branding it, is about more than just cramming more people into ever-smaller spaces.
It's about creating workable solutions to the region's growing housing scarcity, lack of affordable housing and transportation needs. It's about creating more livable neighbourhoods, with efficient means for heating and cooling, getting around and more.
It's about bringing people closer to work, closer to retail and entertainment, and, most importantly, closer together. Because as it turns out, contrary to decades of suburban development that separate and isolate us, people like being around each other. Not only do we crave it but it makes us safer, and more productive.
In this EcoDensity Special, we offer an insider's look into the workings of so-called Smart Growth, including interviews with Vancouver housing and density experts, a slideshow of EcoDensity in action, a tour of SFU's UniverCity development and more.
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This series received a National Magazine Award honourable mention in 2009 for best Web-Only Content.
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