The principles of Mixed-Use & Diversity are important ones, due to the fact that it’s talking about a combination of the surrounding buildings AND people. Without mixed use property, you would have only homes or businesses, but not both. The notion that a community like Carlton Landing could survive without the compliment of homes and businesses, is just plain silly. I heard a wise woman say every successful destination must have a place to stay, things to do, and establishments for good food. All of these things would not happen without mixed-use land.
Carlton Landing is on it’s way to realizing the principle of Mixed-Use. In the early stages of a 30 year plan, it’s hard to hit the nail on the head of all the principle has in mind. Mixed-Use is at the forefront with the developer envisioning houses in the same walkable vicinity as the restaurants, groceries, and shops that will come this way in the next few years. A start to the vision was building the permanent location for the Pop-ups.
The Carlton Landing Pop-Ups have encouraged small business owners to sell their wares every Saturday morning during the busy season. I believe the thought behind it was an “incubator” style approach to help small business grow in hopes of them finding a permanent home in the town center. Come see for yourself, this summer and support small business in Carlton Landing!
Diversity has been a bit of a buzz word the last few years. But, diversity in the New Urbanism sense incorporates more than race and gender by also including age, income levels, and cultures. I was asked, recently, what the median age was of our community and I had to stop and think. But, to my surprise we run the gamut! I have said, many times, that we were very intentional in wanting to expose our kids to a wide range of influences as they grow. Think about the wisdom and knowledge others can pour into our kids by being in community with them, it’s priceless! There is a wide range of careers and former careers here for our kids (and us!) to draw knowledge from. The opportunity to be in community with people from completely different up-bringings allows to have a taste of what they know. Not everyone here is from the same place, we all just got here as fast as we could!
Carlton Landing is in the early stages of creating an inclusive culture that will foster the growth of those who choose to live here. No other place that I have ever lived gave me that opportunity. The relationships are for life and I can’t express the extent of my gratitude to those who have poured into our marriage and our kids by opening their doors and their hearts to us.