“Denver has a plan to kill the “slot home,” a much-criticized architectural style that has spread across the redeveloping city in recent years. Read on to see what might replace them.
A brief definition:
A slot home is a multi-unit residential project that is designed around a narrow driveway or open space, aka “the slot.” While most residences face toward the street, slot homes turn inward, often presenting bare walls to their neighbors.
To make it really simple: Houses aren’t “supposed” to be sideways. But it’s happening in Denver because it’s a way to maximize the livable space you can build on a property under the current rules.
City staff estimate that more than 100 of these projects have been built in Denver. Many have gone up since the city implemented new zoning rules in 2010, but they date back to the 1970s, according to senior city planner Analiese Hock.
As many as 30 proposed slot-home projects are under review right now, and the city has been working for more than a year on a plan to discourage this type of construction.”
Kenney, Andrew. Denverite 29 November 2017.