In 2010, architect and urban designer Daniel Parolek coined the term Missing Middle to define smaller, multi-family or clustered housing types. Missing Middle types were common within most single family neighborhoods in the pre-war era, but for the last seventy years they have been missing from most city’s neighborhood patterns as development focused on single family housing and larger multifamily types. The missing middle includes duplex, triplex, cottage, courtyard, rowhouse, and other smaller multi-unit attached and detached housing.
A conversation is starting about the missing middle in Eugene. Fitting these housing types back into the neighborhood mix makes sense in Eugene where we have a goal to create more 20-minute neighborhoods, where residents can find most daily needs within a 20-minute walk from home. Where are missing middle types currently located in our neighborhoods? Where should missing middle be incorporated in neighborhoods in the future?
To read more about missing middle housing types, design considerations, and a walking tour see the Missing Middle Handbook.
A lack of housing options and affordable choices affect Eugene residents across income ranges as the market continues to tighten. What does housing affordability mean? It is a measure of what households can afford based on their incomes. Click on the infographic above for information on income and housing availability in our community.