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Mixing It Up
Developers create or re-create neighborhoods that mix home, work and play

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Amanda Rabinowitz
"Mixed use" is the buzz term for development in the early years of the 21st century. Developers are investing hundreds of millions of dollars to re-create neighborhoods in Northeast Ohio's cities and suburbs or even create faux towns where only cornfields stood before. In the third part of our examination of rebuilding the region in tough economic times, WKSU's Amanda Rabinowitz talks to developers and urban planners who say this blending is what people want -- and others who dismiss them as fake cities competing with the real deal.
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We've seen quite a bit of interest in downtown Akron as well. We recently launched a coworking facility (Office Space Coworking) in the Selle Generator Works -- a revitalized historic building downtown.

Our open house attracted 60 independent workers and small business owners seeking to escape the isolation of working out of their homes in suburbia. We've found great interest in coming BACK downtown and being part of the buzz of a vibrant city.

Posted by: Kelly Brown ( on September 24, 2008 7:22PM
If James Ratner of Forest City states that his company won't be doing development in NEO over the next few years, it seems folly to try and do Central Park Solon. NO Central Park Solon is more like it.

Posted by: solon ite (solon, oh) on September 24, 2008 9:03AM
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