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City Hosts Event About Housing to Support Walkable, Urban Areas
Posted Date: 10/2/2017 3:00 PM

Imagine looking for your next home based on asking “where can I walk to from here”? This is key to the movement called the “Missing Middle,” a growing demand for housing in walkable, urban places.

To inform Greensboro residents about this concept and the type of housing it involves – fourplexes, bungalow courts, mansion apartments, live-work units – the City’s Planning Department is hosting two public appearances by Dan Parolek, a nationally known leader in Missing Middle housing, on Thursday, October 19.

Titled the “Missing Middle: Responding to the Demand for Walkable Urban Living,” the first talk by Parolek takes place at 11:30 am at the Empire Room, Elm Street Center, 203 S. Elm St. This "Lunch & Learn" session costs $15 per person. Register to attend.

The second talk, which is free to attend, begins at 5:30 pm at the Greensboro History Museum, 130 Summit Ave. Register to attend.

Parolek is a Principal at Opticos Design, an architecture and urban design firm based in Berkeley, Ca. His specialty is developing/planning sustainable, walkable urban places for people of all ages. Learn more.

“We are thrilled to bring Dan Parolek to Greensboro,” says Sue Schwartz, planning department director. “As Greensboro continues to grow, we need to understand the value of a variety of housing types and how they can enhance our neighborhoods.”

This event is the first in a new speaker series coordinating by the Planning Department called “PlanIt Greensboro.” These free community events are intended to engage residents and the business community around topics of interest associated with updating the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Connections 2025.

For more information about the October 19 event, Missing Middle housing, or the PlanIt Greensboro speaker series, contact Hanna Cockburn, long range and strategic planning manager for the City, at 336-574-3576. 

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