Blacksburg still dreams of mixed-use
Blacksburg town planners and community visionaries have dreamed of mixed-use development for years. They wrote it into the code and encouraged projects that combined residential, commercial and business components.
The dream remains mostly unfulfilled. Projects promised as mixed-use have not met expectations. Smith’s Landing and First & Main were disappointments. Other projects do not even bother with a promise. Developers cling to the old paradigm of rigid segmentation — residential, commercial and business each in its own place.