Dense but not Crowded: Maintaining a sense of neighbourhood community in a world of increasing urban density

With more and more people moving to cities, and with cities becoming more and more dense, are we squeezing the life out of our neighbourhoods?  Or, are there ways that our cities can accommodate growing populations and also provide excellent neighbourhoods?  Can we offer ever more people a higher quality of life in our urban environments?  If so, how?

The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between urban density and sense of community.  While sense of community is only one aspect of a person’s quality of life, it serves as a fairly good proxy for quality of life in general.  When we feel at home in our neighbourhood and comfortable around our neighbours, it makes the good times better and the tough times easier to handle.  In a world of increasing density, sense of community is a great thing to have.

Read the full report here:  Dense but not Crowded