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Mixed-use development creates inclusive communities (access required)

Among the trends in land-use development, mixed-use projects are receiving escalated attention and have become increasingly popular in both the public and private sectors. Mixed-use development blends residential, commercial, cultural, institutional, and where appropriate, industrial uses. Mixed-use projects can be ...

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Wanted: developer for infill in downtown Sandpoint (access required)

Sandpoint has a relatively healthy, populated downtown area. But right in the middle is a parking lot that Aaron Qualls, Sandpoint’s director of planning and economic development, sees as the perfect opportunity for mixed-use infill development. The city is looking ...

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Mixed-use development in Idaho reflects the state’s wide-open spaces (access required)

When we set out to talk about mixed-use development in Idaho for this issue of Square Feet, we broadened the definition a bit. Architects and developers generally define mixed-use development as projects containing at least three distinct uses, such as ...

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Planners say mixed use is healthier (access required)

Organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and the Urban Land Institute encourage mixed-use development as a means of improving health. “Residents of mixed-use livable communities with transit options weigh less, are more physically active, and experience less chronic ...

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Mixed-use development in downtown Boise (access required)

The mixed-used development trends that have taken the nation by storm over the past decade have now moved into the smaller northwest markets. The Sonoran Institute’s 2014 RESTORE report on mixed use development trends in the Rocky Mountain West notes ...

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Three large mixed-use developments are headed for Eagle (access required)

For the 11 years that Mike Williams has been a planner for the city of Eagle, there has been just one mixed-use development in the growing city on the northwestern edge of Boise. That’s Winding Creek, a combination of commercial, ...

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Mixed-use development moves slowly in the Wood River Valley (access required)

Of the three cities that make up Blaine County’s population centers, Ketchum is the furthest ahead when it comes to mixed-use development. Ketchum’s zoning code encourages mixed use in a few distinct ways. Within the downtown area, developers must devote ...

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Done properly, mixed-use development brings intensity and diversity (access required)

Historically, all development was mixed-use. Residential, agricultural, commercial, and manufacturing uses occurred in close proximity. People lived and worked in the same place. Economic considerations and limited transportation options inherently produced compact and mixed-use development. Transportation improvements and modern zoning ...

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Urban renewal agencies help finance mixed-use projects (access required)

City officials around Idaho are beginning to view mixed-use development as a strategic way to increase downtown populations in order to help businesses. But because those projects can have difficulty finding financing, many cities help with the costs. One of ...

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Mixed-use development renews an original design for cities (access required)

The idea of mixed-use development is as old as the human community. For hundreds of thousands of years, people have conducted business from a dwelling that doubled as a storefront or workshop. Yet “mixed-use development” has gained national currency in ...

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