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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. Mini parking craters Northside, Cincinnati, Ohio
      Mini Parking Craters Ideal for Missing Middle Housing

      How often will you be encouraged to walk down a street if you are walking past parking lots versus engaging storefronts or stoops? Spend some time browsing Google Maps and across the country, you will see a landscape punctuated with empty surface … Continue reading

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    2. Aging boomers want good transit, walkable cities and public parks
      Aging U.S. Population Boosts Demand for Missing Middle Housing

      The American Association for Retired Persons recently released a new report, “What is Livable? Community Preferences of Older Adults.” The report, which surveyed 4,500 people 50 years and older, showed that increasingly, the nation’s older citizens don’t want to retire … Continue reading

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    3. 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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    4. Different places in Austin require different zoning tools
      Different Zoning Tools for Different Places (Video)

      Opticos’s Dan Parolek traveled to Austin to speak at the Central Texas Commercial Association of Realtors’s event “Catalysts for Change” in mid-October. He was there to introduce the process and various approaches to CodeNext, the project to update Austin’s land development code. Invited … Continue reading

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    5. Kauai
      Community Planning Inspired by Cultural Tradition on Kaua’i

      Ancient Hawaiians did not recognize the concept of private property, but they did follow a complex system that divided land according to the natural landscape, from whole islands, down to single units that families used to cultivate crops. An ahupua’a … Continue reading

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    6. Hamilton Square Fourplex_FivePlex_elevation
      Hamilton Square: Missing Middle Housing in Practice

      Opticos is kicking off an exciting Missing Middle housing project in Novato, CA, on a two-and-a-half acre site located on the former Hamilton Air Force Base along Main Gate Road, less than a quarter mile from the future SMART Station … Continue reading

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    7. Austin, Texas
      Austin, Texas: Cool Neighborhoods, Walkability, and A Culture of Creativity

      Opticos’s Dan Parolek and John Miki were in Austin, TX, last week for the successful kick-off of the citywide code rewrite. They were energized by a Code Advisory Group meeting, which demonstrated excitement about the project and confidence in the … Continue reading

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    8. We created several sub-district Form-Based Codes in Hercules, replacing existing zoning, in order to effectively implement their new urbanist vision.
      Opticos Participating in APA PTS Training on Form-Based Planning and Coding in Seattle this June

      Dan Parolek and Tony Perez of Opticos Design along with Jennifer Carlat from the Nashville Davidson County Planning Department, Bill Spikowski of Spikowski Planning Associates, and Ed Starkie of Urban Advisors, will lead an Advanced Form-Based Planning and Zoning workshop … Continue reading

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    9. Williams illustrative plan
      Missing Middle Housing Opportunities in Small Towns and Rural Communities

      During many of our projects for small towns and rural communities we spend some time researching local growth projections and housing needs. This helps to give us a sense of how much development might be realistically anticipated over the timeframe … Continue reading

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    10. Missing MIddle Rural
      Missing Middle in Rural Communities

      We’ve worked in a lot of small towns and rural communities where the supply of quality, affordable housing is a big issue. Despite the recent downtown most places in California are expected to grow. Municipalities struggle to meet their RHNA … Continue reading

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