DDI Speaker Series


Innovative ideas that catalyze conversation and explore forward-thinking concepts for downtown Durham, followed by a networking reception.

Missing Middle Housing

October 17 • 4-6 p.m.

The Carolina Theatre • 309 West Morgan St.

Guest Speaker: Karen Parolek
 Opticos Design Principal and CFO

Could the Missing Middle help solve Durham’s housing shortage? 


“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 the third and final 2018 DDI Speaker Series event, Karen Parolek, Opticos Principal and CFO, shares how this ‘affordable by design’ option works in other communities.


4 - 5 p.m.

Free & Open to the Public

No RSVP Needed • Space Is Limited

Network with the Speaker

5 - 6 p.m.

$35 per person