Non-retail uses, located on the ground floor, also contribute to corridor’s vibrancy. These uses include gyms, banks, residential units, office spaces, daycares, automobile dealerships and service centers, and funeral homes to name a few.
These uses may be less active than retail, but sidewalks present the opportunity to draw some of the internal activity of the building into the street, rather than maintaining a strict boundary between the private building and the public street. Seating at the street level, attractive landscaping, and well-lit sidewalks all support ground floor uses within the building to accomplish this goal.
Outside of these retail districts, commercial buildings should be occupied by non-retail uses (such as offices, residential buildings, and hotels) to achieve “retail-like” street activation and vibrancy through strategic design that is characterized by the following: