In 1950, Omaha’s population density (the number of people per unit of area) was about 6,000 people per square mile. Today, it’s substantially lower – about 3,490 people per square mile. What are we doing, or not doing, with all that space? Are we hampering our city’s ability to provide the services we all need and want?

Welcome to The Density Project, an Omaha by Design blog dedicated to helping Omahans understand this important issue. Our goal is to encourage the development of a city form that reduces the per capita cost of providing city services and establishes the density necessary to support more energy-efficient forms of transportation.

The Urban Form and Transportation section of the city’s Environmental Element calls for growing Omaha’s population density to 4,500 people per square mile by 2030.

We’ve got some work to do, so let’s get going.