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There are better ways to design the places we live (access required)

For the last 100 years or so, planners have separated land uses into districts. Through zoning ordinances, we made sure that land uses in these districts were compatible with each other. By doing this, we created separate areas for people ...

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Not all urban centers are created equal (access required)

Historically, downtowns have been the center of the community. But they are more. They can be the best example of mixed-use development. Downtowns show how various built forms, functions and uses such as places to work, live and recreate can ...

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Twin Falls’ agricultural roots drive development decisions today (access required)

Twin Falls was conceived as a planned community to serve an agricultural region more than a century ago, and those roots still direct planning and zoning for the city of 45,000. Agribusiness drives the city’s economy. The area’s conservative roots ...

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In Idaho’s capital, mixed-use development means finding the right balance (access required)

As executive director at Capital City Development Corp., my work has significant influence on the growth and development of downtown Boise, the center for commerce and government in Idaho’s largest city. This position of influence means the agency is constantly ...

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Mixed use is fundamental to Boise’s comprehensive plan (access required)

Mixed use is fundamental to the comprehensive plan in Idaho’s largest city. “Our comp plan is all about trying to create an urban environment where people have choices, the ability to get around, different forms of transportation, and convenience in ...

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Financing is an obstacle for mixed-use project developers (access required)

Bankers are starting to see more applications for mixed-use development, the type of project that integrates office, residential, and retail space horizontally or vertically. Mixed use was once common in older downtown areas, but over the last several decades, development ...

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Mixed use will define Meridian’s Ten Mile Interchange (access required)

Although mixed-use is having its moment around Idaho, that moment is a little muted in Meridian, which is known as the place where homebuyers can find a large house for their money in the wide-open spaces of a subdivision. However, ...

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Restaurant, apartments slated for Moscow urban renewal district (access required)

When George Skandalos and Carly Lilly decided to move their Sangria Grille from the Palouse Mall parking lot to downtown Moscow, they saw an opportunity to expand the idea of mixed-use development beyond commercial and residential limits. “The idea is ...

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Coeur d’Alene seeks to encourage mixed-use development (access required)

Coeur d’Alene has two existing mixed-use developments called Parkside and the Village at Riverstone. The city has not received any applications for new mixed-use projects, although there have been recent inquiries about mixed-use downtown, said Hilary Anderson, the city’s community ...

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Community support can make or break a mixed-use project (access required)

While several rural Idaho cities have turned to mixed-use developments in the hope of revitalizing the downtowns, they aren’t a panacea. The success of a mixed-use development is tied to how successful the city itself is, said Deanna Smith, program ...

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