I had heard of “dense sprawl” and “density without walkability” in the past, but before spending a week in Jerusalem last month, I had never really lived through these problems.
As urbanists rethink the city and argue for denser living spaces, they aren't just arguing for a spatially efficient system (although many most certainly want that built into our urban infrastructure). Another key aspect why they are supporting higher density living is how that will fundamentally change the cultural ways in which citizens will interact with the built environment. Presumably, promoting 'walkability' and lessening the reliance vehicles is key to that. This article focuses on a neighborhood that has the form of density, but not the function of 'walkability.'