Talking Headways Podcast: Infill Is Brain Damage

This week I chat with Susan Henderson of PlaceMakers about the use and benefits of form-based codes. A form-based approach to development codes can support transit and affect the feel and function of streets. Susan tells us why people might push back against form-based codes and how to frame conversations about their benefits.

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    This was a rambling, meandering podcast that starts out with a poor description of form-based vs traditional zoning. Technical terms (e.g. FAR) get thrown out without context and the whole thing talks about these squishy issues. It threw out repeated anecdotes that are rather disconnected to the fundamentals of the topic and starts getting into things like affordable housing, workforce housing, etc in this wandering conversation.

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Talking Headways Podcast: The Missing Middle

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This week on the podcast, Dan Parolek of Opticos Design talks about their new website themissingmiddle.com, which explores housing types between high- or mid-rise buildings and single-family homes that cities don’t make much anymore. We get into Austin’s development code, Cincinnati’s walkable neighborhoods, and how people are often worried by the phrase “density,” then surprised by density designed well. Why are developers and bankers […]