Downtown Durham Inc

Downtown Durham, Inc. Speaker Series Event – Oct. 17: Missing Middle Housing

Durham, N.C. – Downtown Durham, Inc. will host ‘Missing Middle Housing,’ the third in its three-part speaker series, on Wednesday, October 17 from 4-6 p.m. at the Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.

“Missing Middle” was coined by Daniel Parolek of Opticos Design, Inc. to define a range of multi-unit or clustered housing types compatible in scale with single-family homes that help meet the growing demand for walkable urban living. In this final 2018 DDI Speaker Series event, Karen Parolek, Opticos Principal and CFO, shares how this ‘affordable by design’ option works in other communities and could work in Durham.

The discussion will take place from 4-5 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Following the presentation, participants are invited to attend a networking reception from 5-6 p.m. Tickets to the reception are $35 and are available at or at the event.

The Downtown Durham, Inc. Speaker Series hosts industry experts who discuss innovative ideas that catalyze conversation and explore forward thinking concepts for downtown Durham. For more information about the speaker series, visit

For 25 years, Downtown Durham, Inc. has been the economic development engine for downtown Durham, NC. With more than $1.7 billion in investment since 2000, downtown Durham is home to more than 60 retail stores, 100 restaurants and bars, and 1,700 residential units – all in an area just under one square mile. As the entity responsible for the business improvement district, DDI provides resources to keep downtown Durham clean and safe, and to attract visitors and residents to downtown businesses, venues and events. For more information, visit

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