— Kansas City Fed senior economist Jordan Rappaport, “The Demographic Shift From Single-Family to Multifamily Housing” | Read more about it on the Wall Street Journal’s economics blog, 1/7/2014
Curbed Atlanta has a cool post today about reasonable vs. unreasonable expectations for Atlanta becoming more walkable and densely populated. They begin by pointing out the futility of comparing Atlanta to an uber-dense place like New York City and then offer the reasons for more realistic goals.
Atlanta does have a decent start, but it will be a long time (if ever) before the city can credibly be labeled a ‘walkable’ or public transit-oriented city. Does that mean we should drop efforts to help Atlanta grow in a more dense, sustainable fashion? Of course not.
I think there’s a great chance for walkable, compact nodes to develop all over metro Atlanta. They will probably never be as dense or as well-connected as those in a city like NYC, largely for the geographical reasons (Atlanta isn’t surrounded by a natural boundary like water). But they’ll be a hell of an improvement over the copy & paste, car-centric sprawl of the past few decades.
Photo of Glenwood Park by Flickr user peterlfrench
— Low-Density Suburbs Are Not Free-Market Capitalism by Jonathan Rothwell | The New Republic