Density solving the garbage problem?

There’s an article in the Globe and Mail that posits the theory that Vancouver would be in much worse shape during the Strike if it weren’t for the density thing:

Apartments and condos, most of which still have their garbage taken away by private companies, make up at least 56 per cent of the city’s housing, according to Andrew Ramlo, director of Urban Futures Inc.

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Brenda

People in high density housing often don't have a vehicle for every adult, due to limits of parking, therefore they would be in much worse shape than people in SFHs during a transit strike.This might be true downtown where parking space is at a premium. The situation is different in neighbourhoods with lots of on street parking.Several suites in our building are carless which means we can make money renting our parking stalls to other owners. We could use some of these parking stalls for general storage and bike lockers. It seems we can't do this because the city mandates we keep a certain number of parking stalls. As the price of gas (and housing) goes up, more people are switching to alternate forms of transportation. If I were a developer, I'd be inclined to include "amenities" like larger storage… Read more »

Richard

"People in high density housing are typically closer to work…"The people I personally know who bought condos in the past couple of years don't live near work. They buy in places they could (?)afford (not downtown) and work elsewhere (downtown, richmond, north van…)"… Eco Density idea is that it is far more efficient to provide services to a compact population…."Funny, I thought it was just something Sam Sullivan trademarked…

Patiently Waiting

And where do the private garbage companies take the garbage? The city dump?

J

hibernating bull said… Except the community centres are closed. True enough but that issue is the same for everyone. That said many of the downtown buildings have amenities that provide some of the same services as a community center (Swimming Pool, Gym ect). Come to think of it a downtown condo really is much like a gated community with many of the services provided by the strata rather than the city.

hibernating bull

If you live in high-density and within 30 minutes walking distance of your work, then you are "mostly" immune from garbage AND traffic strikes.Except the community centres are closed. I am getting restless!

J

People in high density housing often don't have a vehicle for every adult, due to limits of parking, therefore they would be in much worse shape than people in SFHs during a transit strike.People in high density housing are typically closer to work so they may walk rather than drive. It is also far easier to find someone to call pool with if you live downtown. Basically the important point of the Eco Density idea is that it is far more efficient to provide services to a compact population. This is just a side effect of that fact.

markx

Well, more like organization. SFHs in master planned community can have HOAs, which can choose to hire private garbbage pickup company.People in high density housing often don't have a vehicle for every adult, due to limits of parking, therefore they would be in much worse shape than people in SFHs during a transit strike.