http://www.newgeography.com/content/002462-smart-growth-livability-air-pollution-and-public-health Expanded version – 8 charts – 2 tables.
Monthly Archives: September 2011
The density studies referred to by Ryan Avent do not show any association between higher urban densities (or weighted average higher urban densities) and greater productivity. The studies use density variables that include large swaths of rural area and cannot therefore be used to demonstrate any association between urban density and anything.
This is not to suggest that there may not be an association, it is rather to note that the cited research shows no such thing.
Ryan Avent Gets it Part Right in the NYT: Smart Growth Reduces Economic Growth, But Cities Grow by Dispersing, Not Densifying
NYC urban area density declines 1950-2000
Productive, low density Seattle.