The Jaxson has long supported what we call Clustering, Complementing uses within a Compact (CCC) setting as a key downtown redevelopment tool. CCC is a subliminal key to successful urban revitalization that works by locating people, activities (like special events or outdoor dining), and uses (like restaurant or bars) together in close pedestrian scale proximity, allowing them to feed off one another, which in turn stimulates more market rate growth, activity and economic opportunity.

In addition, there is an old English language adage stating that “A picture is worth a thousand words”, referring to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single picture more effectively than a description does. When it comes to understanding CCC and how it can manifest itself in urban waterfronts, nowhere is this more evident than Paris.

Dating back to 3 BC with more than 2.2 million residents, Paris is the European Union’s fourth largest municipality, following Berlin, Madrid and Rome. Often referred to as the ‘City of Light’ and internationally known for its cafe culture, boulevards and monuments, Paris is ranked as the second most visited travel destination in the world, after Bangkok.

Under strict urban design controls since the early 17th century, Paris is also a place that has long conquered the tremendous economic potential behind conquering the principles behind the concept of Clustering, Complementing uses within a Compact (CCC) setting are implemented. Especially along the Seine, a 483-mile river that continues to serve as a major commercial waterway and central focal point of the city.

Classified as a UNESCO Heritage Site, the historical district along the Seine is a place where history, cultural authenticity, placemaking, adaptive reuse and a mix of complimentary uses all come together within a compact pedestrian scale setting. No additional text is needed to describe its vibrancy. The following pictures below convey the impact of urban waterfront density more effectively.

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