Tuesday, June 21, 2011

More Sympathetic

I'm guessing in this context "out-of-character buildings" means too much of a density increase in a lower density area. While I do think a big problem we have in some places, particularly places located near key mass transit stations, is zoning preventing more dense development, and more generally I think people have an irrational fear of the negative consequences of increased density, it's also the case that an urban area with 3 story buildings isn't the same as an urban area with 8 or 12 story buildings. If you start adding the latter you will generally have an increase in traffic and noise. That is, you will change the character of the neighborhood. As I said, I think people tend to be too resistant to density increases, as they can have positive benefits, but that doesn't mean I want a giant building on the corner of my block either.