Gallery of Mything Middle Housing #3

Welcome to the final exhibit in the “Gallery of Mything Middle Housing“; a Surrealism-based show featuring an irrational juxtaposition of images.

The overarching theme of this exhibition is that HB 2001 is fundamentally flawed in it’s simplistic, “one-size-fits-all” dictate that usurps and short-circuits the essential crafting of flexible housing code so that it fits the local context.

Click the links below for more exhibits from the “Gallery of Mything Middle Housing.”

Gallery Exhibit #3

The claim: 

“With ‘Missing Middle Housing’ near a transit corridor, the household won’t need a car, so the City shouldn’t require off-street parking.”

The reality in Eugene:

“Townhouse” duplex at 1021 & 1023 Almaden St. Each has 3 bedrooms; almost always shared by UO students.

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In Eugene, even when a duplex is only eight minutes by pleasant walking route from an EmX stop, the occupants own cars and need a place to park them.

1021 Almaden Street to EmX stop on W. 7th Ave. at Polk St. is an 8 minute walk.

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In this case, Almaden Street is very narrow and has limited on-street parking. The occupants of this “classic” pair of townhouses — one of the proposed HB 2001 “Middle Housing” forms — are almost always UO students (typically in Law School). Guess what? They almost all own their own cars. So, regardless whether they use EmX (and the fact that there are few cars parked at the townhouses during the day suggests otherwise), the occupants need a place to park their cars. Because of Eugene Code’s already minimal off-street parking requirements, the occupants park on the driveway apron and sidewalk (which are on public right-of-way).

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