Strong Towns: A Trailblazing Reform Supports Small-Scale Development in Memphis

Memphis is making some smart reforms that are helping revitalize the city, and Denver should take note. Building code reform is essential for developing what’s referred to as “missing middle housing” – multi-unit homes like duplexes and townhomes that create more housing choice and accessibility in sustainable, walkable neighborhoods. Having a more diverse mix of housing types is critical for creating resilient cities and combating the affordable housing crisis, but these kinds of homes have unfortunately been regulated out of existence in most of the U.S. This article from Strong Towns explains how Memphis is leading the charge to reform outdated building codes that often make it too expensive to build these affordable units that our communities desperately need.