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8 Ways Exclusionary Zoning Hurts Cities
Seattle's 2015 Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda caused something of a stir with its claim that exclusionary zoning is rooted in racism and classism, and no less complicit in those systems today.
Dan Bertolet, a senior researcher at the Sightline Institute, says that should have been an unremarkable statement. He offers a brief history of exclusionary zoning practices—like single-family zoning or strict height and density limits—and traces their effects on cities and communities in the United States.
- Tight regulations radically inflate housing costs
- Exclusionary zoning increases homelessness
- Housing restrictions make everyone poorer
The piece is part of Sightline's series Legalizing Inexpensive Housing.