[Tagging] Buildings mixing residential and commercial use

John Willis johnw at mac.com
Sun Aug 30 22:58:23 UTC 2015



> On Aug 31, 2015, at 12:05 AM, Mateusz Konieczny <matkoniecz at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> uilding=commercial is quite suspect.

To me, there are 2 basic types of mixed use buildings.

mixed_use_urban
And 
mixed_use_house

There are so many different combinations of retail, residential, hotel, and commercial (and in come cases, attraction) That as long as there is some kind of residential space (apartments/condos), then it would be mixed_use_urban. 
This is especially true if the public facing  part (the bottom floor or the side towards the street) are non-residential use (a business/shop/not parking).

The second kind is very rare to see in America, but Japan is covered with them - half-n-half houses: a mixed_use_home.

A house where a room or section of the ground floor is a business, and is accessible from the house side, as there  is a Japanese-style house entrance (with the raised floor and slippers) for the owner to go between the business and their private residence. This is not an adjoining building, but a private residence with a small business inside. 

My dry-cleaning shop, most beauty salons/barbers, my favorite cafe,  my physical therapist, most tobacco shops, and other small, family owned and operated businesses can be operated out of a home in the middle of a residential area or along a road that cuts through an area (so many barbers!) or along a busy road - but are usually not found along side the bigger mixed-use-urban buildings. The homes are standard 2 story houses, and the business usually takes up 1/2 of the bottom. 

As these are so different from the multi-floor urban-mixed 3-25 story apartment buildings with shops, where the tenants are separate (the people living there are not the operator of the shop downstairs, nor do they share access between them).

So i suggest those two building types to denote these two basic types of mixed use. 

Javbw 







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