Land for development is becoming scarcer, and priced at more and more of a premium.  As the 
population grows, housing lots become smaller and closer together.  As the baby boomer generation 
approaches its senior years, we are now seeing more people selling their multi-bedroom homes and 
moving into condominiums, which are gaining in popularity.  All of this means one thing… higher 
density living.
When the issue of higher density is brought up, people cringe at the thought.  They may envision 
traffic congestion, people living crammed together, and a lack of open space, but this doesn’t have to be the case.  Properly designed high-density communities can be beautiful.  
Attractive architecture and designated open space can make dense development not only cost-effective, but also create a sense of community.
Properly designed dense communities are healthy.  With designated open spaces, they encourage walking, and a dense community promotes independence from automobiles.  These communities often have nearby shops and restaurants and can feel more like traditional neighborhoods.
Well-designed, dense living spaces can be a good investment, and often sell better than homes that are more widely spaced.  Dense development is appealing to a large portion of homebuyers such as younger singles, couples without children, and empty-nesters.  Compact development can also offer higher tax revenues.
Dense communities are good for the environment with less dependence on fossil fuels.  Denser populations, along with shopping and recreation in close proximity, can mean more walking, riding bikes, and more use of public transit.  And, tightly spaced housing means more open land and protection for our natural ecosystems.
With the population as it is and re-sources at a premium, properly designed dense communities can be an appealing aspect of our future.  Beautiful architecture and open spaces will make people see neighborhoods, rather than cringe.

Marcus Dodson
editor & publisher
High-Density Communities
Open Space & Attractive Architecture 
Makes Higher Density Living Appealing