Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Live at work? Alderman proposes zoning change to allow it

Could this be good for our community?
Ald.”Proco” Joe Moreno (1st) wants to change the city’s zoning code to allow up to 30 percent of work space in low-intensity business districts to be used for living space.

The zoning code currently allows only artists to live in their work space as well as those with home offices. The new ordinance would pave the way for attorneys, accountants, retailers, chefs and hairdressers to do the same.

“Families used to live in stores. This ordinance is a return to tradition. It makes a lot of sense in the present economic climate,” Moreno said in a press release.

“Government needs to act as a resource for business — not as an impediment or obstacle. I’ll do whatever I can to help encourage entrepreneurialism and innovation”
I wonder why not allowing people to live in their places of business was put into zoning code in the first place. And Ald. Moreno is right, families live in an apartment above their stores!

Perhaps one way to revitalize our commercial streets. Although I'm not certain about all those buildings that have storefronts and apartments.

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