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Missing Middle housing, located within walking distance to shops and amenities, fills the gap between single-family homes and apartment buildings.

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      2016: A Big Year for Missing Middle Housing

      Around the country, issues around housing affordability, demand for more housing choices, and neighborhood compatibility are growing. Cities are in desperate need of solutions, and Missing Middle Housing, as one tool providing solutions, is catching on like wildfire. Here’s how … Continue reading

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      Missing Middle Housing Close Up: Carriage Houses

      Calling all small-scale developers and entrepreneurial homeowners: make Smart Growth happen right at home and provide a little space for grandma. It’s happening across the country, and we look at why. As we’ve highlighted over at missingmiddlehousing.com, carriage houses are … Continue reading

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      The “Missing Middle” Affordable Housing Solution

      The lack of affordable housing is an increasing problem in many places—particularly those that are walkable and have transit service. The demand for walkable places continues to increase, but too much of what our zoning allows and what the market … Continue reading

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      Does Missing Middle Housing Fit Your Needs?

      Not everyone envisions themselves in a Missing Middle Housing dwelling, but a variety of households, from single millennials to young families to empty nesters, can find the ideal Missing Middle unit and take advantage of a walkable community. Let’s take … Continue reading

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      Opticos Goes Back to School: 2016 Edition

      Tony Perez, Opticos’ Director of Form-Based Coding, recently wrapped up a second edition of his design studio class at UCLA, which focused on the differences between the prevalent use-based planning system and the increasingly popular form-based planning system. Tony took … Continue reading

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      Why is Missing Middle Housing “Missing?”

      As we and others have noted, there is a clear and growing demand for walkable urban living. Around the country, cities and builders are seeing that home buyers and renters of all walks of life want walkable environments that foster … Continue reading

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      Missing Middle Housing is Everywhere in 2016 Housing Trends

      With the downturn of the late aughts increasingly in the rear view, the real estate picture continues to look rosy. When it comes to real estate trends shaping our communities in 2016, we’re seeing Missing Middle Housing everywhere. Housing Experimentation Fueled … Continue reading

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      Reasons to Invest in Missing Middle Housing: A Call to Action for Cities and Developers

      The benefits of walkable living are well documented. As noted in the Surgeon General’s new Step It Up campaign, walkability positively impacts the mental and physical health of residents. It also contributes to better environmental stewardship, by avoiding sprawl and … Continue reading

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      The Role of Missing Middle Housing in Detroit’s Urban Neighborhoods

      A collection of beautiful, brick, early 20th century Missing Middle Housing types in the Woodbridge neighborhood of Detroit. I recently made a trip to Michigan to participate in the Missing Middle Housing Design Competition. As part of this trip, I … Continue reading

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      Opticos Principal Daniel Parolek to Lead Walking Tour of Oakland Missing Middle Housing

      This weekend, Opticos is headed to the California Chapter of the American Planning Association’s 2015 Conference: Rooted in AuthentiCITY. Daniel Parolek, Tony Perez and John Miki will all be presenting at the event, which will take place at the Oakland … Continue reading

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