Fusion Businesses as Indicators of Urban Change

Chuck Wolfe explains how the fusion of laundromats and dining are evidence of the evolving city and the ongoing need for regulatory reform.
July 17, 2011, 9am PDT | crwolfelaw
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Wolfe describes Copenhagen's celebrated "Laundromat Cafe" and San Francisco's "Brain Wash" as examples of fusion businesses, and urges ongoing regulatory updates to facilitate the trend.

In order to enable fusion businesses, he notes, land use regulations may need more flexibility:

"Reform efforts can and should reinvent such conventional impediments to the more efficient, compact city life, and allow the flexibility of innovation and redefined urban traditions. As currently proposed Seattle efforts illustrate, reforms aimed at more livable places can be evolutionary rather than revolutionary, and can enable more employment closer to home."

Thanks to Chuck Wolfe

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Published on Sunday, July 17, 2011 in Sustainable Cities Collective
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