Miller-McCune recently interviewed Peter Liotta, co-author of a new book called The Real Population Bomb. The article gives the impression that Liotta sees rapid urbanization not as an opportunity for growth and development but as cause for Malthusian alarm. The piece goes on to suggest that Liotta is a proponent of Paul Romer’s charter cities proposal. Unfortunately, both Miller-McCune and Liotta appear to have completely misconstrued the notion of a charter city.
A recent post on Salon.com details the urban density research conducted by the NYU Stern Urbanization Project’s Solly Angel and Patrick Lamson-Hall. Their working paper, “The Rise and Fall of Manhattan’s Densities, 1800-2010,” measures how the density within the built-up area of Manhattan has changed over the course of two hundred years.
This exhaustive study, which Salon calls “possibly the most detailed examination of how urban density changes over time,” has yielded some surprising findings about population density in Manhattan:
…This level of detail shows that it wasn’t just the Lower East Side, with more than 1,500 persons per hectare, that was unusually dense in 1910. Nearly all of Manhattan, even the recently urbanized Upper East Side, was as dense as the island’s densest neighborhoods today.
To read the full article, go here.