“Miami is missing middle-density building types” and all their benefits, such as…

Miami_Missing_Middle_Jennifer_2_Garcia_24_03_2013From Global Site Plans writer Jennifer Garcia: “Miami is a melting pot.  However, contemporary housing fails to represent this diverse population by developing only single-family homes and condos.  Miami is missing middle-density building types: townhouses, row houses, courtyard housing, and more.  Why are these middle units important?

  • Crowded condos have made ‘density’ a bad word among many communities.  However, [middle-density] building types are small-scale and blend seamlessly in any community, which makes the [local government] approval process easier.
  • They create a fine-grain mix of families, incomes, and ethnicities.
  • Attached housing is economical due to the utilization of the shared wall, simple forms, and smaller size, resulting in less waste on unnecessary construction.
  • As the city matures, these units can also be easily adapted for other uses in the future.
  • Mature neighborhoods offer vacant lots and opportunities for redevelopment within city limits.  These infill properties are ideal for small, incremental growth.”

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4 Responses to ““Miami is missing middle-density building types” and all their benefits, such as…”


  1. 1 mpeers June 7, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Great stuff. You’re keeping a good site. Thanks for working on this topic. I’m focusing on regeneration and industrial regeneration with my startup and you’re providing some inspiration on how to go about covering the issue.

  2. 2 townhousecenter June 7, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    thanks for the encouragement. as you do regeneration, my advice is that success comes 95% from buildings and 5% from streetscapes, transit, parks, arts, etc. so put 95% of your effort into getting the buildings right. small and adaptable are always right

  3. 3 mpeers June 9, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    this is perfect to hear. thank you for the help. I see for sure now what you mean / what I was inching along toward. small and adaptable! In renting office space for my firm I’ve decided to pioneer a shared work hub model for young and nomadic professionals. I’m calling it “Werkspace”. experience over next 12 months will determine priorities, but potentially we can focus effort on small and adaptable regeneration projects wherein space for Werkspace can be included. I believe we can incorporate multiple uses into regenerated buildings/sites and do so in neighbourhoods/cities where our firm already wishes to be active in the medium-term. Combinatorial urbanism, or I guess like the Europeans are calling it, Spatial Planning. :)

  4. 4 townhousecenter June 9, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    sounds like a dynamic group of co-tenants. best of luck and let me know if I can be helpful


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