Siblings Jed Selby and Kate Selby Urban envisioned a more thoughtful way of living when they decided to develop the community of South Main in Buena Vista, CO. They envisioned a town that celebrated and preserved the landscape, a place … Continue reading
Part 2: Addressing Missing Middle Housing and Missing People in the Queen City: Cincinnati’s Form-Based Code and Transect
As part of a charrette held the week of Saturday April 28th, Opticos Design built upon months of field documentation, including many hours spent on Google Earth, mapping analysis, photography, and an assessment of the existing zoning code to refine an initial calibration of Cincinnati’s Urban-to-Rural Transect.
Choosing and refining a form-based Organizing Principle for a city the size of Cincinnati with such a diverse range of pre-1940’s urban patterns and a rich urban morphology is one of the most challenging, but underappreciated aspects of creating a Form-Based Code (FBC). For Cincinnati, the Urban-to-Rural Transect was selected as the Organizing Principle and was up to the task. The calibration of the transect allowed the team to create a framework that would reinforce the fine-grain fabric and rich palette of building types, both Missing Middle and others, that are an important part of defining the community character of the City’s urban neighborhoods.
Part 1: Addressing Missing Middle Housing and Missing People in the Queen City: Cincinnati’s Form-Based Code and Transect
Cincinnati’s urban neighborhoods are at a tipping point. The City has lost 40% of its population since 1950 leaving suburban densities in the city’s formerly urban neighborhoods. Many residential buildings and lots sit vacant or unmaintained, with over 10,000 historically contributing units in need of renovation. Neighborhood main streets have withered due to lack of people, competition from nearby big box stores, and bad thoroughfare design that speeds cars and potential customers through these neighborhoods rather than to them. In addition, jobs followed the people to the suburbs.
The mismatch between current US housing stock and shifting demographics combined with the growing demand for walkalble urban living has been poignantly defined by recent research and publications by the likes of Christopher Nelson and Chris Leinberger, and most recently … Continue reading