EDITOR’S NOTE: Based on feedback from an earlier post on urban density, Spacing Atlantic will feature one of the top five dense residential neighbourhoods in Atlantic Canada each week. Previous neighbourhoods: Quinpool Road Halifax, Nova Scotia; North End Halifax, Nova Scotia; Uptown Saint John, New Brunswick; Downtown St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador.
So, why density? Residential density, the number of people living in a given area, is one of the most important characteristics of urban areas. High densities create vibrant streets, support main street commercial areas, and encourage walking, biking and transit use. But how dense should our neighbourhoods be? What types of buildings create high densities? What do high density neighbourhoods look like?
Hopefully this series encourages people to look around their neighbourhood and ask: how does density affect the quality of my neighbourhood?
Without further ado…on to number one!
1 – Spring Garden/ Queen Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Atlantic Canada’s densest neighbourhood is probably also Atlantic Canada’s liveliest neighbourhood. Spring Garden Road is the busiest retail street in Atlantic Canada, with lots of activity all day and into the evening. Located near Halifax’s central business district, hospitals and universities, this neighbourhood has many shops, restaurants and offices. The many housing options include high rise condominiums, many low rise apartment buildings, 19th Century townhouses and single family homes on small lots. Most buildings have small setbacks and cover most of their lot, resulting in a high population density, especially since so many buildings are multi-unit. Very few lots in the neighbourhood are undeveloped, and several new buildings are under construction or proposed.
Population Density: 7160 people/ km2
Dwelling Density: 54 units/ hectare