Which new building should you build next?
In a year when many people are focused on the economic recovery and jobs, most people will want to get out and enjoy the outdoors.
While that may be good news, it also means the city has a growing number of new buildings that aren’t as attractive as those in the city center.
“There’s more and more people who are living in the suburbs, but they’re not necessarily walking or biking to work,” said David Bielawski, a professor of urban planning at the University of Maryland.
“That’s a challenge to the city and to its infrastructure.”
Building new housing isn’t the only thing that’s going to have to change.
Developers are working to build more apartments and condominiums, but many of those projects are just getting off the ground.
Developers can’t just start building buildings.
It’s not easy, and it takes time.
The cost of the building is going to be much higher than you might think, and developers have to pay for it.
That means that the housing will be built more cheaply than before, even if it’s much more luxurious.
And the people who live in those new developments can’t afford to live there, even as they’re able to walk or bike to work.
But it also puts a strain on existing infrastructure.
The city has been using old streetcars for decades, and some of the old buses have gotten clogged up with garbage.
“We’ve been seeing that sort of situation in the last year, with streetcars running at capacity,” Bielowski said.
So what should we do?
The best way to make things better is to get people to live closer to where they work.
That could mean moving people out of the city core and into less congested neighborhoods.
Bielowski said that kind of move-in could make it easier for people to commute to work by bike.
And while there’s been some progress on getting more people to move in, that won’t solve the housing shortage.
“The more housing that’s built, the more you’ll see the issue of housing affordability,” Bialawski said, adding that it’s possible that a more compact housing stock could alleviate some of those issues.
What about the future?
Bielawkski said that there’s always a chance that a developer will build something that will create more housing.
“But I don’t think that’s necessarily going to happen anytime soon,” he said.
“I don’t believe we’re going to see a lot of new developments for a while, and we’ll see lots of building of existing developments.”
If you want to know more about the problems that will make things more expensive for people in the future, you can read our interactive infographic about the affordability crisis.