MissingMiddleHousing.com is a new online resource dedicated to helping planners, architects, and builders implement a diverse range of housing types for the walkable communities of the future. Opticos Design's Daniel Parolek coined the term "Missing Middle" in 2010 to define a range of housing types that provide a solution to the mismatch between the available U.S. housing stock and shifting demographics combined with the growing demand for walkable urban living. The website features clear definitions of the types of mid-density housing that are most effective for creative walkable neighborhoods, and pin-points the market demographic that demands them. There is an extensive photo catalog and documented examples from around the country with illustrations and tables.
Old Town Burleson, Texas, has many opportunities for placemaking and new pedestrian-oriented development that could enhance the identity of the suburb 10 miles south of Fort Worth, according to a new urban team led by Mithun|Solomon.
New York City clearly outpaced San Francisco as the nation's most walkable city—which is even more impressive when you consider that The Big Apple has about 10 times more people than The City by the Bay.
Walk Scoreis used by the real estate profession to measure the number of nearby amenities to a particular location. This method of scoring has become a leading indicator of whether people walk. Urban Design Associates decided to apply the algorithms developed by Walk Score to professional sports facilities for MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL and rank each team by their Walk Score. UDA also included the transit and bicycle ranking if available for those facilities.