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    Synonyms for "density"

    Terms and expressions such as:

    "higher density," "increasing density," and "encouraging urban infill" do not go over very well in my neck of the woods. What other euphemisms do you use for concepts such as these. In other words, is there a better way to say that "We would like to encourage more density around existing roads, and schools"

    Thanks.

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    On a more serious note, I can't think if any one or two word phrases, but explaining that you want to "guide development to become more efficient by taking advantages of existing urban infrastructure so that we don't have to raise your property taxes" would probably do it.

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    Density is scary for some folks. Especially now, when their major investment - their house - is taking a hit. They think 'density' will lower their property values.

    Your job is to take the uncertainty out of it and show folks what you are talking about.

    What kind of density? 24 DU/ac? 8? You are making more efficient development so taxes won't increase. You are offering affordable housing. You are making it easier for people to retire in place. You are making a wider range of housing choices, because more choices are good, right? (if they nod their heads no, this is your clue to move on).

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    I know the term "workforce housing" has come into vogue as of late, since it doesn't have the baggage and connotations of affordable housing. Emphasize the need to keep municipal employees, specifically first responders, in the community.

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    Quote Originally posted by MacheteJames View post
    I know the term "workforce housing" has come into vogue as of late, since it doesn't have the baggage and connotations of affordable housing. Emphasize the need to keep municipal employees, specifically first responders, in the community.
    Not just the blue-collar municipal workers (rank and file police and fire, public works, etc) but also the 'punch the clock' crowd and lower level managers at every business in the area, including industrial. Lack of places in the area for them to live can be and is a local economy-killer.

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    Euphamisms for "density"

    Traditional neighborhood design
    Efficient land use

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    "Land owner enrichment" might work for some. Or maybe some kind of bailout?

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    Just say that development should make maximum use of existing infrastructure so as to efficiently use limited city finances.

    Ta-da.

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    The best match I get from Roget's is "compactness", which seems like it would go over as well as "density" among the crowd you're describing.

    Maybe "dwelling concentration", but that seems ... well, jargony..
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    I guess it is not that surprising but in the south, the word density has very negative conotations. Visions of housing projects seem to be one of the first things people think of. Thank you for your help.

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    'more efficient' (already suggested)
    'less sprawled' (combat one buzzword with another)
    'more traditional'
    'more 'main-street'-like
    ''more human-scale' / 'less car-centric'

    Just ny amateurish 2 cents'
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    Quote Originally posted by MacheteJames View post
    I know the term "workforce housing" has come into vogue as of late, since it doesn't have the baggage and connotations of affordable housing. Emphasize the need to keep municipal employees, specifically first responders, in the community.
    My first thought was housing for itinerate ag workers, which doesn't fly down here at all.
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    Could you use "units per acre"?
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    Intensity.

    Efficient use of limited amounts of land.

    Protecting rural land from development through the wise concentration of human settlement.

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    Positive spin

    You need to put a positive spin on the whole concept.

    You're not 'increasing density', you're 'combating sprawl'.

    You're not 'increasing density', you're 'encouraging environmentally-sensitive design'.

    You're not 'increasing density', you're 'providing a close-knit, walkable community'.

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    First Post

    "More like the Big apple"

    "New and Improved Sardine cans"

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    Town center

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    Compact urban development . But I like Rewey's Positive Spin take. Remember to remind folks that it's not Manhattan you're talking about. Often it's just the way small towns used to be. You can get very good density with just 2-4 story buildings. Often just t story. Seven du/acre is enough to allow efficient transit and incorporate mixed use.

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