How can we create denser live-work neighborhoods?
Wil Marquez commented
Asking how we might attract density and sustain its dynamics will sure need to involve more integrated thinking, than currently exists. Recently, a group of us here in Indianapolis applied for a grant (Ecologist, Architects, Urban Garden, City Grant Writer, etc.) to discuss how to increase density by mapping infrastructure, food deserts, and transportation. These creative means of interpreting data to reveal new ways to manipulate our existing system to support density will be critical. Adding Starbucks to the corner, simply does not cut it anymore.
For many people live-work neighborhoods does not reflect modern life. The desire in a nostalgia for a past time that disregards many of the negative factors of life from past centuries. For households with more than one worker, employment may be in two different locations in the region. For other households, schools or other factors may be more important for household location choice than being near work. It would be more effective to talk about dense nodes that include both housing and employment and dense neighborhoods that allow for many non-work trips to take place without driving.