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Home and Work commercial uses in residential spaces and why they’re important
The point of cities is multiplicity of choice.  Jane Jacobs
Notice in this 1811 ad that J. Cook is operating from the home of Mr. Spencer.
In many residential areas today, you can’t hang your shingle. It simply isn’t allowed.
Even some spaces built for retail can’t be used that way anymore.
You can live in a store, but can’t have a store in your home.
Yet some of the most interesting retail districts and best urban neighborhoods mix stores and homes, blending those functi...
This one is in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Retail hasn’t hurt the housing values here, the median sales price is $1,162,500  (Fe...
This one is in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, one of the state’s most desirable small towns.
Here is Frederick, Maryland.
…  and Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania.
This attractive home in Chagrin Falls, Ohio is also a gift shop.
Businesses in buildings built as homes are common in Manhattan neighborhoods like Greenwich Village.
This home/store is in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
The Olde Pink House Restaurant operates out of one of Savannah’s old homes.
Even Celebration, Florida brings commerce to new buildings that look like they were built as homes.
Many historic buildings fall into disrepair and are demolished. A commercial use might have saved them.
If car ownership is mandatory, [the place is] not urban.  Donald Baxter
Not allowing retail uses in residential areas and buildings forces residents to have a car and drive to the suburbs (or ri...
What gets us into trouble isn't what we don't know; its what we know for sure that just ain't so.  Yogi Berra
In 1920, no major U.S. city had a zoning ordinance, which keeps businesses out of homes.
Zoning is not a cure for the disease, it is the disease.  James Kunstler
What Can Be Done?
Eliminate zoning.  Underperforming urban neighborhoods will only come back to life when zoning codes are rewritten or elim...
Being able to hang your shingle on your home as an artist, lawyer or dentist, is an idea as old as the city itself.
Being able to hang your shingle on your home as an artist, lawyer or dentist, is an idea as old as the city itself.
The best places to live enable an organic mix of homes and businesses.
Many not-so-good ones prevent it.
Be a New Colonist… visit  www.newcolonist.com STOP!  Don’t print this, email it to all your friends…
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  1. 1. Home and Work commercial uses in residential spaces and why they’re important
  2. 2. The point of cities is multiplicity of choice. Jane Jacobs
  3. 3. Notice in this 1811 ad that J. Cook is operating from the home of Mr. Spencer.
  4. 4. In many residential areas today, you can’t hang your shingle. It simply isn’t allowed.
  5. 5. Even some spaces built for retail can’t be used that way anymore.
  6. 6. You can live in a store, but can’t have a store in your home.
  7. 7. Yet some of the most interesting retail districts and best urban neighborhoods mix stores and homes, blending those functions in buildings.
  8. 8. This one is in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Retail hasn’t hurt the housing values here, the median sales price is $1,162,500 (Feb ’09).
  9. 9. This one is in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, one of the state’s most desirable small towns.
  10. 10. Here is Frederick, Maryland.
  11. 11. … and Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania.
  12. 12. This attractive home in Chagrin Falls, Ohio is also a gift shop.
  13. 13. Businesses in buildings built as homes are common in Manhattan neighborhoods like Greenwich Village.
  14. 14. This home/store is in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
  15. 15. The Olde Pink House Restaurant operates out of one of Savannah’s old homes.
  16. 16. Even Celebration, Florida brings commerce to new buildings that look like they were built as homes.
  17. 17. Many historic buildings fall into disrepair and are demolished. A commercial use might have saved them.
  18. 18. If car ownership is mandatory, [the place is] not urban. Donald Baxter
  19. 19. Not allowing retail uses in residential areas and buildings forces residents to have a car and drive to the suburbs (or risk life and limb waiting for a bus).
  20. 20. What gets us into trouble isn't what we don't know; its what we know for sure that just ain't so. Yogi Berra
  21. 21. In 1920, no major U.S. city had a zoning ordinance, which keeps businesses out of homes.
  22. 22. Zoning is not a cure for the disease, it is the disease. James Kunstler
  23. 23. What Can Be Done?
  24. 24. Eliminate zoning. Underperforming urban neighborhoods will only come back to life when zoning codes are rewritten or eliminated.
  25. 25. Being able to hang your shingle on your home as an artist, lawyer or dentist, is an idea as old as the city itself.
  26. 26. Being able to hang your shingle on your home as an artist, lawyer or dentist, is an idea as old as the city itself.
  27. 27. The best places to live enable an organic mix of homes and businesses.
  28. 28. Many not-so-good ones prevent it.
  29. 29. Be a New Colonist… visit www.newcolonist.com STOP! Don’t print this, email it to all your friends…
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