Growing Cities Starting to See Mixed-Use Development as a Solution

New York City provides a case study in the effort to satisfy growing demand with more mixed-use development.
October 23, 2016, 1pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Matt A.V. Chaban reports on the mixed-use developments becoming increasingly common in New York and the rest of the world. "As land grows scarcer and more expensive, and the population booms, more developers are combining commercial and residential space," explains Chaban.

"Mixed-use development has long been a dream of city planners, who see it as a way to promote density, a crucial need as cities worldwide continue to swell," adds Chaban. The article notes the irony of the history of mixed-use: concerns about crowding inspired the separation of uses in the early 20th century, and now swelling cities are responding to growing populations by mixing uses.

To find the trend in action, Chaban surveys examples from New York while also looking for precedents in Asia.

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Published on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 in The New York Times
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