These days, urban consumers place high demands on their neighborhoods. They seek more compact development with a strong character. Convenience and walkability are key and when integrated with functionality, create the ultimate amenity. We have worked with our clients to introduce grocery and other types of service retail into underserved areas, shrinking big box concepts to downtown proportions. Planning is essential in a mixed use setting to fit it all together—the restaurants, the mercantile, the service retail and the apartments and condominiums. This all-inclusive community concept is a selling point for urbanization as well as local business, creating a thriving economy we all can support.