HDB: “Living density” google cannot find?


Why is it that googling “living density” or “liveable density” yields no search results?

I refer to the HDB’s reply “13,700 people per sq km is living density, not population density” (Straits Times Forum, Apr 24) to Mr Cheang Peng Wah’s  letter in ST Forum  (20 Apr).

It states that “Housing Board chief executive Cheong Koon Hean’s lecture was about how Singapore can anticipate its urban future and develop “liveable density”. The figures cited were, hence, on living density, and not population density.

Living density takes into account only the land available for urban areas, and excludes land used for ports, airports, defence and utilities, among others. It would be inaccurate to extrapolate the population size from the living density figure.”

I googled “liveable density” or “living density” and could not find it in the search results?

I searched “liveable density” or “living density” in thesaurus.com and dictionary.com and also could not find it in the search results?

In contrast, “population density” can be found easily in all the above three portals?

I could find “liveable density”, but only with reference to Singapore?

Leong Sze Hian

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Leong Sze Hian has served as the president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), Hotel Mumbai (associate producer), invited to speak more than 200 times in about 40 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of 2 countries. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.