“You Really Feel The Extra Four Inches”

5 thoughts on ““You Really Feel The Extra Four Inches””

  1. They look places where I grew up, in Jackson Heights. Granted, in JH, most of the houses were semi-detached, so they shared a common wall. Also, most of us lived in six story apartment buildings, but that’s another story.

    I know there are a lot of people who have “house” fantasies. There are magazines and television networks dedicated to this, but when push comes to shove, people want quiet, safety, enough room, no pests, and decent air. That’s a big function of build quality. It’s like hotel rooms. In a poorly built place you can hear a pin drop in the next room. In a well built place you can sleep through a rock concert next door.

    Most Americans associate apartments with cheap construction and houses with more expensive construction and for good reason, but good design and good construction can make higher density living quite comfortable as there are lots of other positives, like transit, taxis, walkability and so on.

  2. Hard for me to know what to make of this — not really walkable urbanism like where I live, not really suburbia… I guess I don’t need to make anything of it– thank goodness. Anyway, interesting post, as usual.

  3. These homes live much differently than a traditional single-family detached home on a 7,200 s.f. lot. We have a number of similar developments locally, and honestly the details make a ton of difference, but the fact that they’re often 12 or more units to the acre instead of 4 creates a different type of community. The increased density means you have more homes funding less infrastructure, you have more residents to support businesses within a walkable distance, and most importantly you have more interaction between neighbors. From my experience, developers today are spending a lot more time focusing on making the common areas livable for humans, not just cars, than developers did in the recent past. These developments might superficially look like scaled down tract homes, but that difference in scale leads to a difference in the kind of community the built environment creates.

    1. I think you make some good points. I doubt most people WANT this kind of enforced community. But those who cannot accept the compromises….there is always Texas and Utah and Nevada.

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