PAST EVENT: The Missing Middle: Meeting the Housing Demand in Walkable Urban Places

Location: LeBow Hall Drexel University Gerri C. Lebow Hall 3220 Market St, Rm 220 Phila., PA 19104

We build single-family homes, townhouses and apartments, but not much else.

What happened to the duplexes, twins, bungalow courts and other housing types so common to our region 100 years ago?

Daniel Parolek, renowned urban designer and architect with Opticos Design of Berkeley California, will share how the Missing Middle — compact and clustered home types such as manor houses, multiplexes and live/work units — can meet the growing housing demand in walkable urban places.

“Missing Middle Housing” was common to many pre-1940 neighborhoods. Despite market demand for the Missing Middle and its potential to improve housing affordability, our region doesn’t produce it.  Dan will highlight the need for more housing choices, the strategies for removing planning and zoning barriers to enable these types, and the key to getting buy in from community members and decision makers.


Following his presentation, a panel including economist Kevin Gillen of Drexel’s Lindy Institute will respond.

Dan Parolek coined the term Missing Middle Housing in 2010 and he is a national thought leader on topics related to walkable urban places, zoning reform and form based coding.  In the past few years his work on this topic has been highlighted in articles in Next City, The Washington Post, Professional Builder Magazine, the ULI’s national publication Urban Land, AARP’s online publication, and the National Realtor’s Association publication On Common Ground.