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The term mixed use gets thrown around quite liberally these days. Just as the term lifestyle center has morphed into a catch-all concept that is sometimes incorrectly used to label virtually any new strip of retail, mixed use has become synonymous with multi use, and is frequently applied to projects that do not satisfy the conditions for true mixed-use development.

Those conditions are quite clear, and were actually codified in 1976 by the Urban Land Institute (ULI). According to the ULI, true mixed-use development is characterized by the following:

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