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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The problem with multi-task buildings

A fever is spreading across the nation. It’s called the condo-hotel (Condotel as it’s affectionately known by real-estate experts) and it’s soon to take Milwaukee’s Park East by storm. Not one but five condohotel-retail developments are slated for the area, the first of which, Staybridge Suites, will be completed later this year. The ecstatic approval such developments excite has much to do with their economic viability. Another is the widely held notion that diversity of uses inside a building will contribute to the diversity and vitality in the spaces outside of the building . . .