Comment 68343

By mystoneycreek (registered) - website | Posted August 22, 2011 at 18:16:05

Third, there's the community - or lack thereof. Jane Jacobs touches on this in Death and Life in her discussions about "turf". These buildings are unwelcoming and sterile by their design and nature. They don't generate the kind of cross-traffic that a dense grid-pattern of streets does, and don't often see the same kind of community vitality, even in the same communities. Even when they provide grass, barbecues and playgrounds, they're rarely used. The buildings are private property, and nobody has much business being on a floor unless they're a resident or guest - so aside from the elevators, lobbies and parking lot, there's barely any interaction.

I'd be curious to know how many people here have lived in apartment buildings. It's a whole different world. And...

Though many might not want to hear this, hi-rise apartment living (not 'condos') is to houses as buses are to cars; you live in one because you have to. I'd never live in one again, if I had my way; I've spent about twenty years of my life in them.

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