Speaker Daniel Parolek: A Case for Missing Middle Housing

Speaker Daniel Parolek makes case for “Missing Middle Housing”

Aging Boomers want a different kind of housing than earlier generations – more walkable, urban environments that foster human interaction and allow easy access to nearby amenities.

Architect Daniel Parolek, in a talk in Des Moines as part of The Tomorrow Plan 2016 Speaker Series, spoke about on how the region can meet these demands with “Missing Middle Housing,” a range of multi-unit or clustered housing types compatible in scale with single-family homes while supporting walkable urban living.

“The needs are shifting for a significant share of the region’s residents as they age,” said Kent Sovern, state director for AARP Iowa. “As a region we can choose to respond to their needs, including a broader range of housing options. We can create the kind of walkable, urban environments where the 50-plus population can live their best lives – and spend their money – engaged in the community. We see this as an incredible opportunity.”


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