the latter approach

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Hello, people. Can I simply say 'the latter' instead of 'the latter approach'? Using 'approach' and 'way' at the same time is not good style, I think.

To provide additional housing, some cities construct apartment high-rises while other cities develop land in wide areas. In my opinion, the latter approach is the best way to solve housing shortages.
  • kentix

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    English - U.S.
    You haven't already used "approach" so you can't omit it strictly for redundancy's sake.

    It would make more sense in a sentence where it was already mentioned.

    A temporary bridge can be constructed quickly but it won't last as long as a permanent bridge with solid engineering. The former approach might be used in an emergency situation, while the latter is expected in normal times.​
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