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Roadblock on Main Street

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How Federal loan policy killed Main Street by legislating against "apartment over the shop" type buildings -- which are characteristic of almost every beloved town and urban neighborhood! And rightly celebrated by Jane Jacobs in her work as a design that contributes to what we love about those neighborhoods, which is a diverse mix of uses including "eyes on the street" at night from the residents.

In recent years the desire for traditional districts has steadily gained popularity.

Demographic and consumer-preference changes over the last decade have created greater demand for walkable urban real estate in communities with mixed residential and commercial uses.

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