(Map courtesy of Sustainable Cities Collective)
Using the mapping tool on the New York Times website, one can see an increase of density in the urban core of Louisville. (Dark yellow means double digit increases in density, dark blue means double digits decreases in density) This is all fine and dandy until one realizes most of the community had a decrease in density. So it would seem that we need to find ways to retrofit all parts of our community where we are already living with more housing, preferably affordable housing. There is a book called Retrofitting Suburbia: urban design solutions for redesigning suburbs that could prove useful. We need to think about making allowances for mother-in-law rooms, basement apartments, and garage apartments. Our community has allowances for carriage house apartments in the urban core from the 19th century and it is probably time for us to consider how the suburbs better fit into our city.