[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.


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. 


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