Understanding current land use patterns is crucial in assessing the health and potential of a city’s development. The construction of low density strip malls surrounded by single-family residential subdivisions was the predominant development pattern in Huntsville and most U.S. cities during the latter half of the 20th Century. However, as demographics change, consumer preferences evolve. Low density land use patterns, which may have been appropriate in the past, may not be sustainable in the future. Although this issue is being faced by many cities today, it presents a unique challenge in Huntsville, which experienced much of its growth during this period.