I found this interesting article from the Philadelphia Inquirer (link here) which talks about an interesting old trend returning — the practice of living where you work. Not exactly a Home Based Business, but an attached mixed-use business and residence. Examples given in the article are a couple living in an apartment above their restaurant and a jeweler who lives in back of her shop.
You see this in a lot of older buildings that were designed with this in mind, built in a different era. But this is something I’ve also been noticing even in newer architecture in the Seattle area where “Urban Villages” are popping up. Newer structures are being built with business space on the ground floor and residential (usually multi) above. It’s kind of the inverse of a home-based business and it appears to be a resurrecting trend in cities all over.
It’s easy to see why this zoning trend is returning. Many of the reasons behind this are the same reasons we want to work from home in a home-based business: avoiding high gas prices, eliminating gridlocked commutes, and a gaining a better work-life balance. It can solve problems like day care and even pet care. Here the line between home and business is a bit more clearly drawn, but nevertheless it provides the same benefits to the business owners.