Trends in mixed use development

Mixed Use Development Trends

While mixed use development (link to mixed use page) is not an entirely new development in the design and engineering field, it is an area that is constantly changing. As such, new trends emerge regularly as these developments adapt to the needs of those they are designed to serve whether individual residents, businesses, or retail tenants.

Three emerging trends include:

1.    A focus on community. Unlike other developments which tend to keep residential and business areas separated, mixed-use developments offer residents and tenants the ability to feel connected to their neighbors and neighborhood. By including common areas and a cohesive design, the modern mixed-use development offers the feel of a small town in the middle of a major metropolis.

2.    Walkability. As people are working to improve their health and fitness while limiting the amount of time spent in a car and fuel consumed, walkability is a logical focus for developers. Being able to walk to both the development itself and within the development makes it easier for people to leave their cars at home as they go to work, run errands, or visit friends. This is an important aspect of the mixed-use development.

3.    Transportation planning. Finally, mixed-use developments lend themselves to smarter transportation planning both within the development itself and on a larger scale as well. Instead of small suburbs connected by single routes to one another and the nearest major metropolis, mixed-use developments are increasingly working to develop multiple routes to popular destinations to allow traffic to flow more smoothly, even during rush hours.

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