Higher-Density Development: Myth and Fact

No one likes sprawl and the traffic congestion it creates; yet proposals for increasing density in new and existing neighborhoods are often squashed by community fears of public housing, crime, and ugly high-rises.

Higher-Density Development: Myth and Fact dispels these negative connotations.  It examines eight widespread misconceptions about higher-density development and dispels them with well-researched facts and examples of quality, compact developments.

Debunk these common myths about density:

  • Higher-density development overburdens public schools and other public services and requires more infrastructure support systems.
  • Higher-density developments lower property values in surrounding areas.
  • Higher-density development creates more regional traffic congestion and parking problems than low-density development.
  • Higher-density development leads to higher crime rates.
  • Higher-density development is environmentally more destructive than lower-density development. 
  • Higher-density development is unattractive and does not fit in a low-density community.
  • No one in suburban areas wants higher-density development.
  • Higher-density housing is only for lower-income households.

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