Hosted by the City of Mountain View

12:30 pm – 2:00pm on Tuesday, May 16, 2017


The extraordinarily high cost of housing throughout California but especially in Silicon Valley has reached historic levels, impacting households, individuals, and employees across income levels. However, because the market has been producing high-end housing and the limited public resources available are primarily geared towards low-income needs, there is growing concern about the need for housing for the “missing middle.” This “donut hole” is where the market has not naturally served and where public programs have not generally reached.

“Housing for the Missing Middle” is a brownbag event that will feature three engaging leaders in the field who are trying to address this issue:

  • Dan Parolek, Principal, Opticos Design
  • Rick Jacobus, Principal, Street Level Advisors
  • Patrick Kennedy, Owner/Developer, Panoramic Interests

The group will share its thoughts on what exactly is “missing middle” housing, what are the challenges and opportunities of creating such housing, and what are some innovations and examples currently being developed to fill the gap. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and talk with the panelists, following brief presentations and a moderated panel discussion. After the event, interested attendees can visit a pop-up of the MicroPAD modular housing concept by Panoramic Interests, which will be setup across the street from the Center of Performing Arts.

Brownbag Event

“Housing for the Missing Middle” is a brownbag event. Feel free to bring your own lunch or please indicate if you would like a lunch when you register for this event.

Event Schedule

  • 11:45am: Check-in and lunch pickup opens
  • 12:30pm: Event begins
  • 2:00pm: Event concludes; attendees can visit the MicroPAD pop-up showcase at the conclusion of the panel

Getting Here/Parking

This event will be held at the Center of Performing Arts at the City of Mountain View City Hall. The location is well-connected by transit — including Caltrain, VTA (light rail and Bus Route 22/522), and various shuttle services — so taking transit is encouraged. Parking is also available in the Civic Center Parking Garage (entrance on Mercy Street) or in the parking garage on the corner of California and Bryant Streets (entrance on Bryant Street) for those who choose to drive.

We look forward to having you at this important and timely discussion!


January 1st
12:00AM - 12:00AM
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts