Creating Great Neighborhoods: Density in Your Community
Smart growth developments can minimize air and water pollution, facilitate brownfields cleanup and reuse, and preserve open space. One principle of smart growth is to take advantage of compact building design. Building great dense places with good design is not just an abstract theory - it is a practical approach to growth that is being used in diverse places across the country. There is an increasing recognition nationwide that density is integral component to the creation of neighborhoods that offer convenience, value and a high quality of life.
Creating Great Neighborhoods: Density in Your Community is a grant product of the Local Government Commission, in cooperation with the US EPA, and sponsored by the National Association of Realtors. This publication highlights the success of nine community led efforts to create vibrant neighborhoods through density; provides readers with an understanding of the connections between smart growth and density; and introduces five time tested design principles to ensure that density becomes a community asset and not a liability.