A look at businesses that are set up out of necessity because of the economic climate, by single parents or immigrants who can't find work.

Alex Schmidt’s article in GOOD Magazine examines the growing number of businesses set up on people’s front lawns; shops with new items laid out on tables and racks (including clothes, toys and electronics), car washes, taquerias, and many more.

Front-lawn enterprises such as these are often set up out of necessity because of the economic climate, by single parents or immigrants who can’t find work.

The original rationale for zoning was to separate uses, thereby preserving the character of residential neighborhoods and ostensibly the value of the houses in them. But today, says Alan Bell, deputy director of planning for Los Angeles, the city wants to promote mixed use in commercial zones in order to create dense, livable neighborhoods. Mixed use is exactly what business owners like Naty have created—just not in the way planners envision it.

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