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.