Mixed use development is about retaining or creating a mix of different uses in cities or neighbourhoods. The trend in UK development has been towards specialisation and areas with single uses. Increasing the mix of uses is thought to reduce the need to travel, lower the likelihood of crime, improve the ambience and attractiveness of areas and contribute to the sustainability of cities.
'Reclaiming the City offers a series of essays and case studies whose diversity and variety are unified by their advocacy and enthusiasm for mixed use' - The Lecturer, October 1997
'This new book shines welcome light through the fog that has characterized the debate about mixed use development in the UK recently.' - Urban Villages Forum
'…a timely study…well illustrated' - Geography
'…a useful addition to an all too restricted literature on a highly topical aspect of public policy' - Journal of Urban Design
"very timely…useful…wide ranging book…raises important issues…I would certainly commend Reclaiming the City to anyone interested in mixed-use development" - Town Planning Review
Preface. An introduction to mixed use development. Part One: Why study mixed use development? A history of mixed uses. Mixed use development as an agent of sustainability. Cities, tourism and mixed uses. Part Two: Mixed use development: theory. Mixed use development and the property market. Mixed uses and urban design. Crime and mixed use development. Part Three: Mixed use development in practice. Local policy and mixed uses. Why developers build mixed use schemes. Mixed use and exclusion in the international city. Mixed use development: some conclusions. Index.