A plea for residential density

On Le Devoir, an urban planner writes about living in Montreal being a privilege largely because the city has limited the density of buildings – an argument championed by one of my regular readers, as I’m well aware. But Laurent Howe, on describing the existing density of Villeray’s rows of duplexes and triplexes, also fails to explain how you delete them and replace them with rows of higher buildings allowing for denser habitation. You would need to demolish not just a few houses, but entire sections of the inner part of the city, because the footprint of a highrise will not fit on these streets. Putting up highrises on such narrow streets would create an intolerable living situation.