As high-density living in inner-urban areas is becoming a consistently utilised strategy for managing the impacts of population growth, it is important to understand and maximise the liveability of high-density urban areas.
While there is no standardised definition of Liveability , liveability can be broadly defined as “the well-being of a community and represents the characteristics that make a place where people want to live now and in the future” . Research has linked the concept of liveability to a range of factors such as quality of life, health, sense of safety, access to services, cost of living, comfortable living standards, mobility and transport, air quality and social participation   .
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