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The New Mixed-Use

Builders are experimenting with new ways to include retail in the crowded urban world.
August 22, 2004, 1pm PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"As developers combine retailing with residential in cities, the resulting buildings hardly resemble 'lifestyle villages,' those glorified shopping malls sprouting up in suburbs with condos stacked atop modest-size Pottery Barns and Crate & Barrels, all arrayed around a pretend town square.The new buildings are more like living above a Macy's or a Bloomingdale's. The Time Warner building at Columbus Circle in New York allows residents to shop at a gargantuan basement-level Whole Foods for a little extra fleur verte — which beats heading downstairs to a cramped Gristedes."

Thanks to David Garber

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Published on Thursday, August 19, 2004 in The New York Times
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