In the Mix: Middle Housing and Income Diversity in Atlanta
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This study explores a correlation between Atlanta’s modest supply of middle housing (often referred to as “missing middle”), and income diversity among residents. While Atlanta has historically been one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country, it also leads the country in income inequality and is severely spatially segregated. Integrating more middle housing and potentially eliminating exclusionary zoning completely is a step towards a more equitable city. A review of literature further details this connection and justifies Atlanta as a valid case study. Multiple regression analysis is used to analyze the relationship between the percent of middle housing and income diversity scores in City of Atlanta block groups (326 cases). Results and discussion are intended to bolster the work of previous literature while contributing to further research and policy-relevant conclusions including upzoning, allowing smaller minimum lot sizes, and modifying residential parking requirements.