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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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      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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      Alphabet Soup for Zoning? No Thanks, I’ll Have It Form-Based

      With our goals of strengthening communities and improving lives, Opticos Design has developed and refined Form-Based Coding as a highly effective zoning tool to reinforce the character and quality of a place. Below, Tony Perez, Opticos’ Director of Form-Based Coding, … 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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      Sustainable Growth Strategy for Gabon’s Capital Wins APA International Planning Achievement Award

      We are thrilled to announce that one of our projects—Gabon, Africa’s Akanda Masterplan and SmartCode—is the recipient of the 2016 Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Achievement Award given to groundbreaking international projects by the American Planning Association. Opticos Principal Dan Parolek reflects on the innovative effort … Continue reading

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