Promoting building and development of “missing middle” types of housing is a front-burner issue for land planners in many American cities. It should be in Santa Fe, too.

Especially because “missing middle” isn’t just a housing type in Santa Fe, it is a demographic. It is the demographic of middle-class professionals who cannot afford an entry-level home, if one even existed.

The nationally accepted definition of missing-middle housing types are those between single-family homes on one lot and multifamily apartments. That includes small casitas in backyards, but also duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, row houses and townhomes.

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