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Old 12-31-2008, 03:31 AM
Location: Macao
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One thing I've consistently noticed and REALLY liked is that Pennsylania has MANY towns of all sizes with more density...and particularly stores with apartments above it.

LESS of the zoning restrictions...business way over there and residential way over there and drive between the two of them.

Is that an accurate assessment of PA? If so, I certainly LIKE it! Anyone seen any other cities/towns in other states with as much as they see in PA?
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Old 12-31-2008, 12:19 PM
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Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and the City of Miami Beach all have newer condominium buildings which have first floor retail that is actually occupied. The City of Miami has mandated retail on the ground floors of new residential high-rise buildings but it is not as successful. downtowndelraybeach.com has pictures of some of the buildings
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Old 12-31-2008, 11:28 PM
Location: Real America
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The neighborhood that I use to live in had many apartments above the retail section in Pittsburgh. It was cool. I always wondered what it would be like to live on the second floor above the retail business district of my neighborhood. It would be great for people watching.
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Old 01-01-2009, 08:56 AM
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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The storefront/apartment description above really isn't accurate for many places in Pennsylvania. However, it is accurate in many places because many Pennsylvania towns have been around a long time and were already decent-sized before World War II (i.e. pre-suburbanization).
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Old 01-01-2009, 11:20 AM
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It's true around here in the Lehigh Valley but it was like that in the small town I grew up in lower Delaware as well. Just a good use of space, I guess. I'm assuming the original owners lived above the stores they owned themselves until they could afford to buy a larger, separate living space.

As for zoning restrictions, that can be drastically different from county to county, town to town, etc.
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Old 01-01-2009, 05:03 PM
Location: Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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In most areas developed before 1950, it is true. There are great towns all over PA that have multi-used buildings. Even towns with suburban sprawl often have a classic small-town center.
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Old 01-02-2009, 12:01 AM
Location: Pittsburgh, USA
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The saloons in Westerns had rooms upstairs like Ms Kitty on Gunsmoke. If you build a store why not put an apt. on top. Use it as your home or rent it out to help put a dent in the mortgage. In Kansas City I lived in apt. above a grocery store. Places like that aren't unique to PA.
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