Conservation Subdivisions: Protect Natural Features By Building Compactly

Locating homes closer together than would typically be allowed can preserve open space or farmland. Compact building limits the cost of development by reducing infrastructure like roads and sidewalks, sewer and water pipes, and telephone and electrical wiring. When enough new neighborhoods are developed in this way, cross-city trailway systems…

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Live-Work Housing Combining Residential & Workplaces

Live/work buildings are single-family dwellings that contain workplaces on the ground floor. They are ideal for both urban infill and suburban retrofit areas. Live/works provide a transition between commercial centers and single-family homes. Of ten live/works offer their owner the option of having just one mortgage for both their home…

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Commercial Lofts: Street Supervision & Convenience

Commercial lofts are the housing units above street level store fronts, offices and cafes. In renovated historic buildings these units can consist of several stories of units. Commercial lofts offer affordable housing by design in a way now unavailable with standard one-story commercial buildings. Apartments above shops provide supervision of…

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Subsidized Housing: Dignified, Deconcentrated & Accessible

To successfully integrate subsidized housing into the neighborhood, three factors should be taken into consideration. First, the appearance of affordable housing should be analogous to middle-class housing, to prevent stigmatization. Second, subsidized housing should not be too densely aggregated, to avoid inadvertently creating neighborhoods without access to jobs, schools and…

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Affordable Housing: Options For Everyone

The success of a community relies on the integration of affordable housing. Concentrating poverty inevitably produces unstable communities. The simple solution to this is distributing accessible housing. A recent trend by municipal governments has been requiring that a certain percentage of all large development projects be priced affordably. In this…

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Mixed-Use: Homes Above Retail

Mixed-use is at the very core of smart growth. Rather than forming districts segregated for housing, retail, office, etc., a well-designed neighborhood will integrate all of these. Single-use land tracts alienate those not there for that specific purpose, creating closed off and isolated communities. Mixed-use neighborhoods also decrease traffic, due…

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