Funny thing about density: The groups for and against growth in their communities generally want the same things.
They want a “livable” community. They want pleasant, walkable streets. They want restaurants with outdoor cafes, lots of great little shops, lots of available services and they like to run into friends on the street. They want great, human-scaled architecture. Neither group wants more traffic and congestion. Most would like to see a streetcar or some form of decent transit.
So how did the dreaded “D” word become such a contentious issue in San Diego when most everyone agrees on what they want?
Part of density’s bad name comes from the way we talk about it. You may notice that when residents talk about what we want for our communities, we talk about people and experiences.