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    1. Niko Tiula Missing Middle Housing design competition 1st place entry
      Michigan Missing Middle Housing Design Competition Draws Global Talent

      The first-ever Missing Middle Housing design competition sponsored by the American Institute of Architects Michigan chapter, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, and the Michigan State University Land Policy Institute among others, attracted entries from architects and design students from … Continue reading

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    2. San Francisco bike coalition bike to work day
      The West Leads the Nation for Percentage of Households That Walk & Bike

      The U.S. Census Bureau added new questions to the 2013 American Housing Survey to determine how many American households use public transit, walk, and bike as a means of transportation, how often, and how convenient it was. The Bureau also collected … Continue reading

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      How Does Missing Middle Housing Fit Within Walkable Communities?

      Since my first article on Missing Middle Housing was published in 2012 in what was then New Urban News, the concept has rapidly gained interest from the private and public sectors across the country. I continue to be amazed at … Continue reading

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    4. Norman Oklahoma Housing Diversity
      An Important Win for Housing Diversity

      Preserving historic micro units in a neighborhood adjacent to a university is a win for housing diversity in Norman, OK I just got one of those random emails today that totally made my day, if not my year. The call was from … Continue reading

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    5. Missing Middle housing in Beaufort, SC
      Missing Middle Communities Offer Quality and Simplicity

      Missing Middle housing, located within walking distance to shops and amenities, fills the gap between single-family homes and apartment buildings. Opticos’s Dan Parolek was recently interviewed for an article by John Van Gieson, “Mid-Range Density: The middle ground of development,” … Continue reading

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    6. Historic downtown Turlock, CA
      Building on a Town’s Historic Fabric

      New Urbanists—Opticos included—often talk about increasing walkability through high (or higher) density, mixed-use development. Many small cities and towns across the country hope to become The Next Big Thing by opening up large areas to commercial mixed-use development, rather than … Continue reading

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    7. Neighborhood of single-family homes in Austin, Texas
      Does the Cost of Your Commute Make Your Housing More or Less Affordable?

      As housing costs climb in popular metropolitan areas, the idea of moving to a far-reaching suburb where housing costs are lower is appealing to many. But as the cost of gasoline rises, so do transportation costs, especially in areas not … Continue reading

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      Steve Mouzon Is At It Again: New Media for Designers + Builders

      Steve Mouzon is always thinking one step ahead of the rest of us and at the same time providing us with practical information we can integrate into our daily practices, whether it be urban design, architecture or building. The author … Continue reading

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      Reversing the Trend in America’s Post-Industrial Cities

      Can a Form-Based Code reverse the economic decline seen in many post-industrial cities? We think so! In a recent blog post on urbonfile.com, Aaron M. Renn points to Cincinnati as a post-industrial city-to-watch, to see if public investment could turnaround … Continue reading

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    10. Oceano Plaza
      Oceano Revitalization Plan Receives Unanimous Approval

      On Tuesday, Aug. 6, the Board of Supervisors in San Luis Obispo County, CA, voted unanimously to adopt the Oceano Revitalization Plan. Opticos worked on the project, which was funded by a $149,974 Caltrans grant, with the Local Government Commissiom, Lisa Wise Consulting, and … Continue reading

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