The Journal of the American Planning Association's Single-Family Zoning Debate

Eric Jaffe, writing for Sidewalk Labs, details a recent issue of the Journal of the American Planning Association that debated the future of single-family zoning.

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February 10, 2020, 8:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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The entire January issue of the Journal of the American Planning Association is dedicated to the debate about single-family zoning—a debate with new relevance as the state of Oregon and the city of Minneapolis have issued blanket policy changes to end single-family zoning.

A recent article by Eric Jaffe digs into the entire issue—all nine essays, "representing 14 total planning voices." Jaffe summarizes the entire effort as, "taking up the question of whether or not single-family zoning’s time has come — and, if so, what to do about it."

In effect, Jaffe has read the entire issue so we don't have to. Jaffe's summary is split into sections that detail the 1) argument against single-family zoning (made in two specific essays covered by Planetizen in December) and 2) additional commentary, counter-points, and qualifications.

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