One of the major selling points for higher density/mixed use is the live-work concept. Live where you work. Walk out your front door and into your place of business. The end of commuting.
The cheerleading for Moonlight Lofts had a lot of live/work pom-pom waving. After the project was built I couldn't find evidence that live/working was happening or that people living there were taking the bus or train.
I'm not saying the project was good or bad. I do conclude that the cheerleading was, just that.
What seems totally ignored is the special nature of the 101 corridor. The ability for 101 business owners to live and walk to work has always been an option.
I took these photos when doing the Bamboo 2 U post.
The top one is of the new buildings next to Caldwell's Antiques. The one on the bottom is where I took the top photo. There is tons of high density apartments, mobile homes, condos, and single family residences in walking distance of the 101.
Several prominent Leucadia blog participants live and work along the 101 corridor.
On the other hand, there are others who work on the 101 and rather live deeper in the pure residential neighborhoods of Leucadia.
Leucadians already have the choice of living within walking distance of their Lecuadia offices.