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Larisa Ortiz in Planning Magazine: Yes, You Can Convert Vacant Retail to Housing

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By The Streetsense Collective

In the American Planning Association’s Planning Magazine, Larisa Ortiz (managing director, public non-profit solutions) discusses the merits of broadening ground floor regulations to include residential uses.


Though controversial in some circles, Ortiz argues that this is an elegant solution to two troubling and converging trends: too much vacant retail space, and too little housing. Learn why current retail rules are a threat to downtown recovery—and what city planners can do about it—in Planning Magazine: Yes, You Can Convert Vacant Retail to Housing.




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