Author Topic: Lean Urbanism: "Do-able" Mixed-Use  (Read 1253 times)


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Lean Urbanism: "Do-able" Mixed-Use
« on: November 16, 2015, 02:30:03 PM »
I stumbled across this cool concept: Lean Urbanism.

In a nutshell, the idea is to promote urban infill using small-scale, mixed-use development/adaptive reuse and creative regulation hacks. (U.S. specifically...)
  • Use a FHA loan (3.5% down) to buy/build/rehab a 4-plex, potentially with up to 25% of the space for non-residential use
  • Live in one of the units, rent out the remainder
  • Either open a shop / community place yourself or lease out to an appropriate business (both optional)
  • In a year or so, repeat!
This video sums it up well (some architect jargon, but fairly easy to follow):

And here's a good article covering the nuts 'n' bolts:

Just thought I'd share with the Mustachians!


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Re: Lean Urbanism: "Do-able" Mixed-Use
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2016, 09:22:11 AM »
If you like that check out Granola Shotgun from Johnny Sanphilippo.


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Re: Lean Urbanism: "Do-able" Mixed-Use
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2016, 10:00:04 AM »
I love it.

I actually thought about investing in this kind of thing in Detroit or other places where true urban crashes are giving birth to interesting mixed-use renewals.