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      Opticos at Home: Living in a Missing Middle Neighborhood

      Moving to a new city is often challenging, but for me, living in a Missing Middle neighborhood was the key to feeling at home in a new place. Since I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve lived in … Continue reading

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    2. One of the defining features of the master plan is this lakeside drive and promenade lined with mansion apartments. This a clear example of how this project is intended to redefine multi-family/apartment living with Missing Middle types applied at a neighborhood scale.
      Shaking Up the 21st-Century Multifamily Market with a Missing Middle Neighborhood

      What happens when a developer with passion for Missing Middle Housing buys and renovates 300+ units of historic Missing Middle Housing in Midtown Omaha, then gets bored while developing a few suburban garden apartments? He decides he wants to develop … Continue reading

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      Calling a Duplex Home

      One of the most memorable places I’ve called home was a Missing Middle duplex. Here’s why I loved it. It’s been almost a year since I moved out of the stacked duplex I shared with friends in San Francisco, but … Continue reading

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      Public Draft of Austin’s CodeNEXT Land Development Code Now Live!

      After intensive public outreach, diagnosis, and drafting, the City of Austin recently released the public review draft of its CodeNEXT Land Development Code. As lead consultant for the project, Opticos introduced the code to the public at a meeting of the … Continue reading

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      Taking Sides? With Walkability, There’s No Need

      As advocates of walkable, livable places, we’ve been involved in urban design discussions around the country and worldwide, observing, learning and understanding firsthand the key steps to successfully creating walkable places—and supporting existing ones. Form-Based Coding is a key tool … Continue reading

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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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      How to Get By-Right Zoning Right

      By-Right Zoning is getting a lot of buzz these days as a needed tool to help solve the affordable housing crisis many communities are facing. For those unfamiliar, a zoning code is considered “By-Right” if the approvals process is streamlined … 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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      A Tale of Three Places

      There are lots of ways to define and think about walkability, but for us, it’s clear: walkability and nice places go hand-in-hand. We look at three places and discover what’s working and what’s not. When you first think about walkability, … Continue reading

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