I don’t know about the rest of my fellow planners out there in cyberspace, but a development that is almost entirely one type of use except for a lone small non-residential space hardly qualifies as a mixed use development in my mind. Several recent and proposed developments in the region consist of close to 100 percent residential uses by number of units and/or by square footage, but are still championing themselves as mixed-use because they have allotted one space to an office or commercial use. Get real people! I don’t know if there is some magical mixed-use ratio out there, but it seems that the secondary use should achieve at least ten percent and preferably 20-25 percent to reach true mixed-use nirvana. Otherwise, it just seems like advertising and promotional lip service.
Am I wrong on this? Any other thoughts or opinions on this issue would be welcome.