You really need to keep your eye on the ball, here. Plans are changing for the Ford Site; try to keep up.
Density in a time of Pandemics
Implications pertaining to the pandemic spread of infectious disease in light of antibiotic resistance, global travel, and high density urban areas:
Although designs are in and approved, that doesn't mean everything is set in stone
It's easy to think that so much effort and money have gone into the Ford development, that the original design Ryan and the city agreed on, will remain unchanged 20 years from now.
Actually, any number of things could alter the course of the design of the Ford site. Market forces, environmental issues, political or any number of other issues might lead Ryan to revise design in process.
Here are a number of links to material which we all might do well to consider.
Market value apartments are going to be built and owned by Weidner Apartment Homes, who's St. Paul track record is the Lofts, downtown. Go to their site and wander around. Question; how distinctive are these units? Is this an extension of the Davern riverfront complex? Is this 'world class?' You decide.
Project for Pride in Living will be responsible for the affordable housing. Here is a link to their website and properties. Same questions.
For a contrast, please consider some mid-density developments; aka 'the missing middle.' click for more.
South False Creek, Vancouver CA
Woonerf, Leiden, Netherlands
Missing middle examples
Milwaukee Ave., Mpls. MN