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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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    1. MM_CA_Berkeley_DSCN4523 - Bungalows 600 x 450
      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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    3. Missing Middle Housing in Detroit Urban Neighborhoods
      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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    5. 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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      Dan Talks Missing Middle Housing on Strong Towns Podcast

      Opticos Principal Dan Parolek is at the Congress for New Urbanism’s annual conference in Dallas/Fort Worth this week, where he sat down with the Strong Towns podcast to talk about urban planning in the Bay Area, how to retain the … Continue reading

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      Opticos Is Excited to Announce Our New Missing Middle Housing Website!

      MissingMiddleHousing.com is a new online resource dedicated to helping planners, architects, and builders implement a diverse range of housing types for the walkable communities of the future. Opticos Design’s Daniel Parolek coined the term “Missing Middle” in 2010 to define … 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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    9. 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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    10. 2015 Missing Middle Housing Design Competition
      Missing Middle Housing Takes Off in Michigan with First-Ever Design Competition

      The first-ever 2015 Michigan Missing Middle Housing Design Competition challenges architects, designers, and urban planners nationwide to come up with innovative solutions for affordable housing options that offer a walkable lifestyle. The goal of the competition, sponsored by the American Institute of … Continue reading

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