Compact urban conditions once promoted densities of another kind. Pathways and streets in the past were planned and constructed with people in mind. Scales of 'body' and that of cart, defined utilitarian passage and places public. Today, automobiles now consume and provoke a different kind of scale- and in the post industrial age of machines and technologies, we go higher (in heights and in density). Larger in scale we have evolved, tending to supersede what was yesterday. 'Scale' is consuming greater quantities, leaving less and less of the urban experience we once knew.
Density, it appears, cuts both ways.