I’ve been skeptical of much of the long-term viability of lots of the new mixed-use developments I’ve seen going up in Raleigh. This article from Strong Towns hits some of the points that have been bothering me. They are positive in that they increase walkability and density, but otherwise they seem very similar to our standard developments of the past 50 years in terms of financing and the kind of commercial tenants they attract.
Unlike the examples in the article, I don’t see a lot of empty store fronts in our city. This is probably due to our booming economy - but I share the fear that mandating uses in a top-down manner will have undesirable outcomes when the economy turns.
What do y’all thank? Are these kinds of developments (I’m thinking North Hills and Oberlin in particular, but there’s several such developments in the area) the way to move our city forward, or do they dig us deeper in the hole?