What Houses Close Together Look Like

Density, concentration, infill. These are ideas that mean grouping more people into smaller amounts of space and, unfortunately, they’re not always popular with the general public.

Reasons for public resistance to denser development vary, but I suspect one cause is that many people have never seen high quality, tightly packed homes. Luckily, however, Laura and a friend recently took these pictures of Capital Hill in Denver.

As I understand it, Capital Hill is a densely populated neighborhood that also happens to be quite desirable. In other words, space is at a premium but homes are still worth a lot of money and are filled with people who actually take care of them. That’s more or less what every neighborhood collectively wants, including those in downtown Provo. My hope, then, is that these pictures help show one way that somewhat higher density can work without turning into blight, “the projects,” or even stereotypically “big” cities. In fact, in Capital Hill, density has produced precisely the opposite of the things people often fear when it comes to density.

Capital Hill is filled with old mansions, but note how close together these homes are. They’re built in an architectural style called American Foursquare. They’re also very well maintained, and have small yards.

Capital Hill has many old homes that manage to co-exist with larger, newer buildings.

More older houses in close proximity to one another. In this picture, also notice how close to the street these homes are

These homes are also close to the street, and to each other. This picture further helps illustrate how street parking doesn’t disrupt or detract from a community; in Capital Hill, many well-to-do people store their cars on the street, but the neighborhood has continued to thrive.

Unlike streets in Provo, this street in Capital hill is narrow and moves only in one direction. And again, street parking and homes with shallow frontage work just fine.

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