Q1: What is a mixed use community?

In a broad sense it is any urban, or village development or even a single building that blends a combination of residential, commercial, cultural, institutional, or industrial uses where those functions are integrated and provides pedestrian connections.

Some benefits of a mixed use community might include:

  • Greater housing variety in types of structures and price points
  • Reduced distances between housing, workplaces, retail, and other destinations providing less travel time and more at home/leisure time
  • More compact development allowing for increased open space for parks and trails
  • Stronger neighborhood character for increased safety and security
  • Pedestrian and bicycle-friendly environments

References:
1. Business Geography and New Real Estate Market Analysis, Grant Ian Thrall, p.216
2. Quality Growth Toolkit: Mixed-use Development, Atlanta Regional Commission. p.2 (PDF)
3. Planning and Community Health Research Center: Mixed Use Development, American Planning Assoc.

One comment on “Q1: What is a mixed use community?

  1. Jane K.

    Honestly, I didn’t read all the references. It sounds nice. I didn’t see on the bullets anything about environmental safety. I hope that is a concern.

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