Mix-use can save money and the planet
Studies have shown that locating residential buildings within walking distance from offices, restaurants, retail, civic spaces, and public transportation significantly reduces a community’s dependence on cars, preserves green space and natural resources, and promotes economic development. That’s because when a community is walkable and services are close by and accessible, residents are less likely to drive. Instead, they are more likely to walk, bike, or take public transit.
In addition to reducing our culture’s current overdependence on oil, this type of mix-use management of land lowers household transportation costs and offers significant social benefits, including more opportunities for social interaction and improvements in a population’s physical fitness when walking to stores, restuarants, and public events becomes an option.