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Missing middle housing hiding in plain sight

Earlier this year, I wrote about missing middle housing, a term coined by Opticos Design of Berkeley to describe housing that is neither conventional single-family homes nor multi-story apartments, but fills the gap between those two with duplexes, granny flats, and their like. Well-executed missing middle housing, meaning housing that is compatible with the overall […]

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Missing middle housing: Where to find it and where to encourage it

Webster Street apartments

I’ve written about Opticos Design of Berkeley and one of its principals, Dan Parolek, on several earlier occasions. First, I reported on Opticos’ role as the lead consultant for the Petaluma Station Area Plan. More recently, I noted the national award given to Opticos by the Congress for the New Urbanism […]

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CNU 22: Bay Area takes top awards

My last few posts have been about CNU 22, the 22nd annual meeting of the Congress for the New Urbanism, which was held earlier this month. Today, I’ll turn to the Charter Awards, the recognition that CNU gives to the best urbanist efforts of the year.

Among the strengths of CNU are the freedom to […]