Living the Mixed Use Life

Living the Mixed Use Life

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Regina Yunghans
Oct 20, 2008

From a childhood farmhouse to college rentals and Brooklyn co-ops, I've always lived in purely residential buildings. Until now, that is. In Montreal, I rent an apartment two floors above a hair salon...

A salon is a quiet, pleasant business type: No wild clientele, weird hours or awful smells (I was nervous about fumes from chemical hair treatments at first but there are no chemical-y smells whatsoever).

When businesses and residences come together, there are often conflicts, but just as often there are warm interactions. For every guy above a bookstore who knows the owner like family, there's a frustrated renter above a bar putting up with cigarette smoke. For every dweller kept awake by a restaurant's exhaust fan on his roof, there's another dweller who's a regular at the greasy spoon downstairs. Anyone out there have a mixed use story to share, good or bad? Please share in the comments below.

Photo: Pioneer Square, Seattle from Sunway Services

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