IT MIGHT be the sound of the giant plasma television your neighbour has installed on a common wall or the red Toyota that steals your carspace. Perhaps it's the clatter of high heels on the hardwood floor above. They are all little irritants that can, over time, make high-density living unbearable. Yet closer living is Sydney's future, and today's trivial disputes could be tomorrow's widespread social problem, new research warns.
''The government is focusing on urban consolidation but if that's going to be successful then quality of life and residential satisfaction in high-density properties needs to be taken seriously. It's a huge issue - it's about the future of Sydney,'' said the study's lead author, Hazel Easthope.