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Sustainability 2014, 6(9), 5876-5897; doi:10.3390/su6095876

Understanding Density in an Uneven City, Santiago de Chile: Implications for Social and Environmental Sustainability

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Planning Directorate, Ministry of Public Works, Morande 59, Santiago de Chile 8340652, Chile
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Department of Applied Economics I, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Avda. Lehendakari Aguirre 83, Bilbao 48015, Spain
This author contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 29 April 2014 / Revised: 14 August 2014 / Accepted: 15 August 2014 / Published: 2 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Density and Sustainability)
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Efforts to promote infill development and to raise densities are growing in many cities around the world as a way to encourage urban sustainability. However, in cities polarized along socio-economic lines, the benefits of densification are not so evident. The aim of this paper is to discuss some of the contradictions of densification in Santiago de Chile, a city characterized by socio-spatial disparities. To that end, we first use regression analysis to explain differences in density rates within the city. The regression analysis shows that dwelling density depends on the distance from the city center, socioeconomic conditions, and the availability of urban attributes in the area. After understanding the density profile, we discuss the implications for travel and the distribution of social infrastructures and the environmental services provided by green areas. While, at the metropolitan scale, densification may favor a more sustainable travel pattern, it should be achieved by balancing density rates and addressing spatial differences in the provision of social services and environmental amenities. We believe a metropolitan approach is essential to correct these spatial imbalances and to promote a more sustainable and socially cohesive growth pattern. View Full-Text
Keywords: density; urban sustainability; socio-spatial segregation; travel; social services; green areas; Santiago de Chile density; urban sustainability; socio-spatial segregation; travel; social services; green areas; Santiago de Chile
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Aquino, F.L.; Gainza, X. Understanding Density in an Uneven City, Santiago de Chile: Implications for Social and Environmental Sustainability. Sustainability 2014, 6, 5876-5897.

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