The planning and design of mixed-use neighborhoods and individual mixed-use developments are on the rise. Many of the places we frequent most feature a variety of programs, bringing many of life’s daily conveniences to one place. But mixed-use spaces do more than just create a diverse array of experiences in cities- they might also help contribute to lower crime rates.

The term “mixed-use” refers to areas that can provide ease of access to retail stores, restaurants, businesses, and residential areas through public pedestrian access and reduce the use of private cars. These neighborhoods enhance social connections and promote public transportation, while also encouraging the themes of “live, work, and play” in one concentrated zone. Instead of cities that have housing and certain amenities on the outskirts, and a central business district in the city center, developments would be planned more consistently and have a blueprint for future urban sprawl.

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