The Missing Middle in Housing

Will US Cities Design Their Way Out of the Affordable Housing Crisis?

Eugene has a lot of single family homes. We have a fair number of apartment complexes. But, like many places around the country, we are missing the middle category-- housing that is in between single family homes and apartment complexes in terms of scale, density and affordability. How to handle this is an active debate in Eugene. 

We used to build lots of in-between housing in this country: rowhouses, duplexes, apartment courts. In other countries, the middle is still the default.... But the United States stopped building this way decades ago.

The result, critics say, is huge unmet demand from millions of people whom our bifurcated housing supply doesn’t serve.
— Amanda Kolson Hurley, Next Cities