High rise dwellers more lonely, less connected to community: Vancouver Foundation

High rise apartment dwellers are less connected to their neighbours and community, a friend assured me last night, but I wondered if it was really so. Although we live in a townhome, there are people two doors away I have never met and others a few doors beyond that I have known for years. Is it much worse in high rises?

Now this sequel to the Vancouver Foundation’s Connections and Engagement survey suggests my friend is right.

Living in an apartment seems to diminish neighbourliness, lowers trust, makes it harder to find new friends and increases isolation.

Since Vancouver has no more room for single family homes, the challenge for the city and for developers is to determine what it will take in multiple-family dwellings to change those numbers.