Middle Housing isn’t a new thing! These housing types were more prevalent before World War II, as can be seen in many historic districts and older neighborhoods. Locally, you can find older examples of middle housing in the Skinner Butte area, in and around downtown, and near the University of Oregon. However, allowing middle housing as contemplated by HB 2001 throughout postwar single-family neighborhoods is pretty new. In 2019, Minneapolis, Minnesota, was the first city to adopt a city-wide policy to allow middle housing, by right, in all residential zones. Then, following close behind, Oregon was the first state to pass such a bill. Other cities in Oregon, such as Bend adopted new land use regulations prior to the passage of HB 2001 to allow for middle housing types to be built in more areas.