CEDAR RAPIDS — One adjective — mixed-use — defines a with-it urban design concept that has arrived in local development circles here and among city hall planners.
The concept, which is on wide display in large cities and has gotten a strong foothold in urban centers such as Des Moines, is driven by the trend away from urban sprawl and by the demand from residents who want to live in downtowns near where they work, eat, drink and play.
“It’s newer to Cedar Rapids … (the idea) where communities are more densified, where people don’t want to spend time working out in their yards, they don’t want to have to drive 15 minutes to work,” said Gary Kranse, the city of Cedar Rapids’ development director. “I want to be able to walk, to bike, and I want amenities, too. I want cool stuff to do when I’m not at work.”
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