Zoning Without Zoning

Houston, Texas is the only large American city with no formal zoning code. Does it matter?

Houston, Texas is the only large American city with no formal zoning code -- yet Houston has all the sprawl and associated ills of other Sunbelt cities. Houston is less dense than most big cities, and Houstonians drive more than in most big cities. Does it then follow that sprawl is the result of consumer choice rather than of government meddling, asks Michael Lewyn in this week's PLANetizen Op-Ed.

Thanks to Chris Steins

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