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Summer 2018


Housing policy -- Oregon -- Portland, City planning -- Oregon -- Portland, Land use -- Oregon -- Portland, Zoning -- Oregon -- Portland


In the Portland metro area and across the state, the demographics of cities are changing. Urban populations and housing prices are rising, while household sizes are declining with an aging baby boomer generation and younger households both delaying marriage and children and having fewer children. With these changing dynamics, many Portland metro communities are looking to missing middle housing types to “provide for the housing needs of citizens of the state” as called for in the Oregon Statewide Planning Goals and Guidelines. With increasing interest in missing middle housing as a way to provide more housing choices for area households while supporting inclusive, sustainable communities, what do metro area communities need to know to position themselves for housing success?


Originally appeared in the Summer 2018 edition of Metroscape, published by the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, Portland State University.

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