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Walkable Density: Building Livable, Equitable, and Resilient Communities

A new approach to density is an essential need, with multiple public benefits, empowering communities to more effectively manage the accelerating pace of demographic, economic, environmental, social, and technological change.

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  • Duration 7 video lessons (60 Mins)
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    Why Talk About Walkable Density Now?
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    Why Talk About Walkable Density Now? Part II
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    A New Density Paradigm
    Chapter Duration 14 mins
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    A New Density Paradigm, Part II
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    Case Studies
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What You Will Learn

  • Understand how accelerating demographic, economic, social, mobility, and environmental forces are coming together to create a perfect storm of new opportunities and challenges for cities and suburbs alike and why getting density right can play a determinant role in a community’s ability to manage these changes for public benefit.
  • Empower planners, local officials, community leaders, and their peers with the perspective and data to facilitate important community conversations around density.
  • Provide guidance toward structuring productive community conversations related to increasing density in a downtown, urban neighborhood, and suburban setting.
  • Provide a clear understanding of the metrics and characteristics that define the densities necessary to promote walkability, attract talent, support mixed-income communities, transform dying shopping centers into robust districts and mixed-use neighborhoods, enliven downtown streets, and other, similar, goals. 
  • Provide guidance in how to plan, program, and design density to respect and enhance the character and quality of existing context. 
  • Determine how to identify and manage the potentially negative impacts associated with increasing density—and, in the process, determine the limits of walkable density.

Course Description

A new density paradigm, described as walkable density, would empower communities to effectively manage the accelerating pace of demographic, economic, environmental, social, and technological change. Walkable density enhances how people experience urban places. Notably, walkable density focuses on density not as a goal in its own right, but as a powerful tool for achieving community goals, such as quality of life improvements, economic opportunities, equity, and retrofitting sprawl, among other benefits. 

Learn these skills

  • Equity
  • Land Use
  • Pedestrian Planning
  • Regional Planning
  • Sustainability
  • Transportation
  • Urban Design
  • Urbanism
  • Walkability
  • Zoning Codes


This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.


This course is 1 LU.


This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point.

Meet Your Instructor

David Dixon

David Dixon

David is well known for helping create new, mixed-use urban districts (in both cities and suburbs) and the planning, revitalization, and redevelopment of downtowns.

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