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
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.