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How does the missing middle housing fit within communities?

Since my first article on Missing Middle Housing was published in 2012 in what was then New Urban News, the concept has rapidly gained interest from the private and public sectors across the country.

Preserving micro units in Norman, Oklahoma

A small infill builder tests a new housing type in a neighborhood next to a university, generating a win for housing diversity.

Codes and roads: Why we're still building sprawl

Land use regulations and trillions of dollars in existing public infrastructure make alternatives to sprawl extremely difficult outside of a historic city or town.

A new village wins Community of the Year

The Village of Providence, a remarkable project that was named the National Association of Homebuilders' Community of the Year for 2014, also launched my career in New Urbanism.

Damien Hirst plans surprisingly good town extension

Reported to be the world’s richest artist, Damien Hirst is building an extension to the thousand-year-old town of Ilfracombe, Devon, England.

A better way to build in the suburbs

Here are 10 reasons why a new, small, apartment complex in Chico, California, creates a "place" in the suburbs.

We need small houses

Investments in small, starter homes used to be the catalyst for neighborhood growth. Our historic neighborhoods are filled with examples of this.

Social striving propels the drive-only suburban machine

Coalitions and strategic politics — and shifting cultural values — can deliver the structural change needed to allow American urbanism to flower again, according to Benjamin Ross, author of Dead End.

The health of cities depends on place-based development more than big projects

Cities take a physical form that either supports or is stressful to people outside of a moving vehicle or building. Rybczynski, in his critique of New Urbanism, forgets that lesson.

Lean is the new green

TheLean Initiative doesn’t advocate for a complete free-for-all, but rather lightening the load so that more of us can get meaningful stuff done. 
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