Missing Middle Housing: Thinking Big and Building Small to Respond to Today's Housing Crisis

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Island Press
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8.0 X 8.9 X 0.7 inches | 1.65 pounds

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About the Author

Dan Parolek, Founding Principal of Opticos Design, is one of the foremost urban designers and architects working to meet the growing demand for walkable urban living. He is co-author of Form-Based Codes.


"Timely and valuable... [Missing Middle Housing] belongs on the bookshelf or e-reader of urban planners, architects, builders, developers, code writers, and housing professionals. I can't imagine a more useful--or readable--book will be published on these housing types anytime soon." -- "Public Square"
"Missing Middle Housing is critical to building a strong town. It's incremental, affordable, financially productive, and built bottom-up using the efforts of many hands. Dan Parolek has long been a thought leader I look to on housing. Having his insights in one book fills an urgent need for local leaders."--Charles Marohn, engineer and author of Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity
"We can see the genius of Missing Middle Housing to provide affordability, flexibility, and variety and take pressure off the housing markets where communities are experiencing displacement. If you want to be part of this solution, this book is a must-read."--Heather Hood, Vice President and Northern California Market Leader, Enterprise Community Partners
"Missing Middle Housing is an invaluable tool for addressing the attainable-housing crisis and delivering equitable, resilient, and healthy living with walkable urbanism at the neighborhood scale. Communities that want to remove policy and zoning barriers and developers--large or small--who want to prosper while doing good, and be part of the needed change, need to read this book."--Christopher Coes, Vice President of Land Use and Development, Smart Growth America
"There is a growing need for housing attainable to moderate-income families, as well as demand for innovative, non-single-family product types that appeal to value-seeking buyers and to lifestyle-driven consumers. Missing Middle Housing types effectively respond to these market gaps, and this book clear demonstrates how builders large and small are adapting to deliver these choices."--Todd LaRue, Managing Director, RCLCO Real Estate Advisors
"A 'how-to' guide in designing and implementing Missing Middle Housing... Overall, the book an excellent launching pad to start re-thinking and talking about Missing Middle Housing again. In an era of deep political polarization that has spilled over into the land-use debate, finding a respectful balance between large-scale urban condo developments and single-family homes might be the best approach in addressing our ongoing housing crisis."-- "New Geography"