On October 6 and 7th, Portland for Everyone and 1000 Friends of Oregon partnered with AARP Oregon and Urban Land Institute hosted Housing and Neighborhood for All: Affordability, Accessibility and the “Missing Middle,” a three-part event series. Events focused on exploring how the Portland metro region can create more housing options, identifying barriers and challenges to achieving our housing goals for people of all ages and incomes.
Nationally known architect and urbanist Daniel Parolek of Opticos Design, Inc., who coined the term “Missing Middle Housing” was in Portland to share his expertise and insights. In addition, local experts discussed housing trends, challenges and barriers to aging in community and meeting our region’s growing need for affordable, accessible, and age-friendly housing.
Daniel presented on Missing Middle Housing types three times:
- A Walking Tour through parts of two walkable, inner SE Portland neighborhoods showcased Missing Middle housing types sprinkled among single-dwellings, many of which would be illegal to build today.
- A Happy Hour evening focused on Missing Middle Housing’s potential to help address housing affordability in our city, and where we also learned about many of the barriers to achieving affordable housing for many residents. And,
- A breakfast forum exploring how more innovative housing that support residents across age, ability and income spectrums and how “Missing Middle Housing” can be instrumental in building successful multi-generational communities.
Below are some presentations and handouts from the Friday Oct 7th breakfast forum:
- Agenda, Resource list and Speaker Bios Forum Handout
- Audience Polling Results Missing Middle Forum Polling Results
- Keynote Presentation: Dan Parolek, Founding Principal, Opticos Design, Inc. DanielParolek Presentation
- Alan DeLaTorre, Portland State University ADeLaTorre Presentation
- Eric Cress, Urban Development Partners ECress Presentation
- Eli Spevak, Orange Splot, LLC ESpevak Presentation
- Joe Zehnder, Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability JZehnder Presentation
Missing Middle Housing http://missingmiddlehousing.com/
Metro Equitable Housing Initiative http://www.oregonmetro.gov/tools-partners/guides-and-tools/guide-equitable-housing
Portland Residential Infill Project http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/67728
Urban Land Institute Northwest http://northwest.uli.org/
Age-Friendly Portland and Multnomah County www.agefriendlyportland.org/