Copenhagen Chooses Low-Rise Over Skyskrapers in City Expansion

Low Rise Copenhagen photo

Photo chad_k @ flickr

It only takes five minutes in the city of Copenhagen (especially when arriving by train) to wonder why all cities aren't developing in this same mold - plenty of open streets with wide pedestrian and bike lanes, bikes to easily rent at a number of venues, and a wealth of organic food at the corner stores.

Density defying?
But there's definitely another element that makes Copenhagen so user-friendly. It's the feeling of human scale. There are some of those personality-free square office buildings, to be sure, but the preponderance of low-rise buildings in different styles and of different eras, many with cheerful terracotta tile roofs, give a sensation not of sprawl, but of livability.

High-rise free inner core
Now the city council has decided against the mayor's bid to allow some high rises into the inner core. Mostly, TreeHugger is a proponent of building up, not out, but protecting the existing character of inner cities is also vital to keeping them, well, vital. The city council voted on a ban on high-rise development in the center, extending from the famous Tivoli amusement park out to the cities four corners.
However, a portion of the city on the harbor remains open to high-rises, though plans in the past have faced fierce local resident opposition. Perhaps Denmark's relatively low population gives them a privilege to choose to go low that more crowded cities can't afford. However, restricting just a section of town to skyscrapers is an interesting thought. Copenhagen's tallest building is currently the bell tower of the Town Hall at just 106 meters (347 feet).Via ::Copenhagen Post
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Copenhagen Chooses Low-Rise Over Skyskrapers in City Expansion
It only takes five minutes in the city of Copenhagen (especially when arriving by train) to wonder why all cities aren't developing in this same mold - plenty of open streets with wide pedestrian and bike lanes, bikes to easily

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