Ross Donaldson says there is no reason for conflict between community and commercial benefits. Photo: Gabriel Oliveira

New data delves into density

A new report has revealed the reasoning behind community opposition to increased density.


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What might make a difference is if the industry involved in promoting density devolved to the principals, therein revealing the choices they have made in where they live, and why. In fact, why not extend that to ministers and public service chiefs. Have they made the leap to medium and higher density living, and at what price point? Do they have children, two cars, or do they take commute by public transport, or bike, and have been able to make do with one vehicle? How spread out are their lives to accommodate the needs and wants of mum, dad and the kids, because all of that will tell us a lot more about pressures and liveability, and if they have been able to make it work for themselves. Unfortunately, what I've found on asking questions of many who promote density is the tendency at that point becomes to suggest that higher density living is about offering people choice, rather than responding whether one lives that lifestyle themselves. In that respect, it's also a form of "Not in my....", in my humble opinion.

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