New cities aren’t exactly springing up, especially with the poor economy causing construction projects to be postponed or cancelled. Sprawl continues to happen, as suburbs expand farther from city centers and developers built out, rather than up. But some areas are being developed in a more efficient way compared to track homes and strip malls.
Mixed-use development is a concept that combines commercial space with residential space in the same footprint. This typically takes the form of street-level shops on the ground floor of a mid- or high-rise condominium building. Condos are much more efficient than single homes, especially in urban areas where footprint space is scarce. Bringing residents closer to the urban center means that the outlying land is kept free for agriculture, and transportation costs are kept lower.
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