Urban Land Use (PAS Report 14)


What is the “ideal” ratio of land uses? How many acres of different land-use types per 1,000 people should my community have? For decades planners and others have asked these questions, and for decades the answer has been the same: there is no “correct” answer.

This month’s historic PAS Report from 1950 analyzes land-use percentages from large and small cities across the country and finds that no patterns emerge and no conclusions can be drawn: there is no optimal ratio of land uses.