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Are you against urban planning to improve quality of life?

Nope. I just don't assume that my own preferences for what constitutes quality of life are universal.

There are certainly benefits to dense, transit-oriented urban living. But there are also detriments. As discussed ad nauseum upthread, transportation in such cities tends to be much more difficult - but there are other downsides.

Typically, you have smaller dwelling units, higher expenses per square foot, and far less private open space (ie. backyards) - and those are very real consequences. People like having the comfort, privacy, and flexibility that comes with having a larger personal dwelling - especially if you have children (which is one reason why dense cities have far lower proportions of children than other areas). People like having a backyard where they can recreate - whether it's a space for kids to play, a garden, or just being able to relax outdoors without having to go to a park.

Unlike litter, those are legitimate valuable things that meet genuine human desires - so urban planning that makes those things difficult or impossible to achieve isn't self-evidently good policy. There are benefits to urban living as well, but different people value different things. So before embarking on a plan to convert a city's development pattern from one type to another, it's worth asking whether that conversion will actually make the people who live there better off or not - because the things that they value and want may not be the same as what you value.

Albaby
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