Thursday, February 21, 2008

Hellish Density

A lot of discussion about density assumes false choices, such as you either live in a high rise condo or in a suburban home, and there's nothing inbetween. Much of Philadelphia looks a bit like this, only more post-apocalypse like.

These are four story places fairly close to the center city business district (where the tall office towers are), and are probably divided up into apartments. But all over there are two and 3 story single family home versions, typically with 12-2500 sq. ft, a small outdoor space or parking spot in the back, and perhaps a balcony or roofdeck. Provides enough density/foot traffic to support neighborhood-centered retail.