One person's high density may be another's sprawl; the same tall building may be experienced as oppressive or exhilarating; a "good crowd" for one can be "overcrowded" for another.
In the media, urban consolidation is often depicted as a threat to Australian suburban life. In reality, it's a result of managed planning processes to ensure growing cities remain liveable.
Achieving green cities will require more than just canopy cover targets and central city strategies. It will need new approaches to urban planning and development.