Authors: Christopher Daniel*, Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity - Ryerson University, Tony Hernandez, Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity, Ryerson University
Topics: Business Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Applied Geography
Keywords: Business Geography, Retail Geography, Urban Planning
Session Type: Paper
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Bacchus, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
Mixed-use is steadily gaining traction as a popular buzz word in real estate development circles due to the pressures faced by modern cities to curtail suburban sprawl, increase density and reduce automobile dependency. Unfortunately, mixed-use development is not well understood from an empirical and applied perspective by many of its proponents. In particular, the commercial component has been widely promoted as a critical part of the functioning of mixed-use developments, yet our empirical understanding of the role of retail mixed-use in various urban settings is quite limited. Using a combination of property assessment data along with a database of retail activity for the Toronto region in Southern Ontario, Canada, this research creates a typology of core mixed-use development types, along with a series of associated sub-types. Spatial patterns of retail function and vacancy are examined across these types and used as a basis for a discussion of the opportunities and challenges in integrating retail within mixed-use developments.