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High population density means everyone shares; amenities and problems December 29, 2007

Filed under: St Louis,The hood — budint @ 6:24 pm
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 I’ve been reading some books on Neo-urbanism and have found the movement pretty fascinating.  The idea is a throwback (with improvements) to the pre-war urban planning which consisted of a much higher population density than we currently have.  The result was more efficient use of space, more nearby amenities and a closer sense of neighborhood. This is why I like and we enjoy the loft district on Washington Ave. here in St. Louis, though it’s only our temporary home.  It’s the ultimate counter-weight to sub-urban sprawl.

A result of packing more people and amenities into a smaller area is that the community is more intertwined, for better or worse.  Last night we got the experience of the ‘worse’ part of the close proximity of the loft district.  At 3:30am the attached Copia Urban winery and restaurant caught on fire.  This forced our entire loft building and another building to evacuate immediately for fear the fire would spread to our buildings.  Living on the 8th floor we were a bit freaked out since we needed to take the stairs down the entire way w/ our dog in tow.  Fortunately it all worked out, though we were freezing outside and inconvenienced for a number of hours.

The experience did bring to light the comfort we’ll have when living in our own home which is separated by at least 5 feet on each side.  During the wait we also become more acquainted w/ our neighbors  and we look forward to having them over some time soon. The upside was that everyone is sharing the same problem, so you’re not alone.

Copia Fire

Copia Fire 2

Copia Fire Ending


3 Responses to “High population density means everyone shares; amenities and problems”

  1. Anonymous Says:


  2. Anonymous Says:

    i believe that high population density is a positive thing

  3. Jack V Says:

    HPD is a terrible thing. What are you talking about? Risk of fire, higher crime rates, disease spreads faster (like in Hong Kong and Mexico City), dirtier with more trash, people tend to be colder, and increased demand for lesser supply leading to increased prices – that’s why cities are so much more expensive than towns, suburbs and rural areas. General quality of life sucks with a very very “ungreen” disconnect from nature and the environment – there are less trees, less green spaces, less views of nature, fewer places for children (and adults) to run and feel free in nature, and of course conjestion – whether it be cars or public transport with masses of people crammmed onto trains, trams and buses. The greenest thing to do would be to build homes and buildings as far a part as possible with lots of green space and trees between them – looks nicer, feels nicer, more oxygen from trees, no urban heat traps, and so on. Funny how greens always wanna go urban urban urban when it’s the least green thing to do.

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