“Many developments are required by local planning to have a high number of units on site. The density of a development along transport links or in urban areas generally needs to be between 35 and 50 units per hectare.”
average household size in ireland
2.75 apparently from google
50 units *2.75 is a population density of over 137 people per hectare
According to Wikipedia, Hong Kong’s average population density is 63 people per hectare
"The average housing estate built in the 70s has between 10 and 20 units per hectare. Those types of developments, in many settings, simply wouldn’t get planning anymore.
The days of housing estates being built exclusively with two-storey houses with large gardens are largely gone"
Now to get a lesser, inferior home, you require two incomes - if you can even buy. Previously you could do it on a single income , in jobs that required less education and training.
Just because we have the internet doesn’t mean we haven’t gone backwards in something that is fundamental.
Imagine the difference in life if housing only required the equivalent of a single income? Parents could work 0.5 each FTE. Or one could stay at home even if temporarily - it wouldn’t break the bank, singles could afford to buy a house. Far better for society.