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With several awesome helpers, I’ll be leading a bike tour, scavenger hunt and photo-inventory of “Missing Middle” housing types as part of Pedalpalooza 2015.  Here’s a link to this particular ride, with details below. Meeting spot: Colonel Sumner Park (Basketball court) Date & Time: Sunday, June 14th 3:00pm, ’til ~5pm; chance for food/hang-out afterwards Short […]

Here’s a short piece I wrote that was recently featured in the American Institute of Architect’s “Blueprints for Senior Living” on-line magazine.  The theme for this issue was “Intergenerational Solutions.”  Click here for the full article. Features Friends of All Ages: Life in Multigenerational Communities By Eli Spevak – Seniors who relish the calm of […]

Thanks to several meetings and constructive discussions with neighbors and policy makers on my proposal to bump up density around the borders of neighborhood parks, I’ve crafted this updated proposal for inclusion in Portland’s Comprehensive Plan: (1) The Map Direct Planning staff to propose density increases from single family to low level multifamily (R2 or […]

My co-editors (Martin Brown and Kol Peterson) at AccessoryDwellings.org and I have been learning a lot about ADU codes and development over the past couple years.  We’ve noticed that: Lots of ADU codes that were adopted throughout the country 10-15 years ago are barely getting used; and Many communities that have never legalized ADUs are […]

Proposal.  Create a legal path for the occupancy of small accessory structures or homes-on-wheels that meet sanitary and life safety requirements drawn from Portland’s Property Maintenance code and Oregon Landlord-Tenant law.  To be legally occupied, a tiny home would have to pass a ‘habitability’ inspection and receive a certificate of occupancy. Motivation.  This proposal would legalize […]