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HIGH-DENSITY SUBURBAN DEVELOPMENT.

In a community like Shorewood, high-density development means multiple level apartment or condominium living with more people on one plot of land. 

 

A small plot of land under these conditions in a three story building might bring at least two to as many as eight families where only one family might ordinary live and now with an added commercial ground floor.

 

These accommodations of course call for different life styles.

 

A single-family unit might have one or more school age children while a multi-family might have no children.  Depending on the financial school arrangements at the time this may be beneficial or administrative detrimental.

 

Shorewood, a few years ago was indirectly and directly encouraging the movement of elderly into apartments to make homes available to younger people with children in order to reap the subsidies for a higher number of school children. 

 

Today this situation has changed mainly due to the decline in school subsidies.

 

Higher density residential and commercial development usually calls for structural parking, more on-street parking and changes in transportation patterns.

 

There is a tendency to bring more cars into the area along with these new conditions.  We might expect some higher community cost related to service capacites and to community functions. There are four story and higher buildings now facing single family houses and one storey shops, more noise and commotion in the area.

 

Not all aspects of development are community beneficial or result in tax reductions.  Some properties affected may even decline in value and desirability.

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