Is higher-density housing in the Southeast Valley inevitable even in areas planned for low-density?
No. Immediately following the housing bust in 2008 banks were only financing multi-family housing because there was a high demand of rentals from home buyers displaced from foreclosure and short sales. However, in the last six months you are seeing the single family home market heat back up. A number of cities have recently rezoned for lower density to accommodate builders. It is unfortunate that cities don’t stick to their zoning and instead buckle to the whims of the development machine.