>My own feeling is that many benefits would be derived from having
>commercial space automatically available to every household. It wouldn't
>matter if that space is used as an office, as retail, as workshop (cottage
>industry)...or whatever. Even if some chose to use it as simple storage
>space, it wouldn't effect the benefit derived (I believe) by many from
>having it available in the first place. The scenario doesn't mean that
>everyone would be economically equal, only that everyone would have an
>independent fighting chance.
If you look at the way cities used to work, families occupied
buildings that were both home and work. Generally, the lower
floors were used for whatever the family business, and the
family (with apprentices) lived in the upper floors. Commute
time, approximately zero. The reference design permits this
kind of use, which also help create lively neighborhoods.
J.H. Crawford _Carfree Cities_