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A Comic Book About Housing

In ‘Build, Baby, Build,’ economist Bryan Caplan makes the case for zoning deregulation in a graphic novel format.

May 22, 2024 - Michael Lewyn

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Austin Reduces Minimum Lot Size

Smaller lot sizes for single-family homes can make construction more affordable and homeownership available to more households.

May 21, 2024 - The Texas Tribune

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A Look at Milwaukee’s Proposed Zoning Reform

The proposed changes would permit more flexible housing development while limiting changes in historic neighborhoods and on smaller streets.

May 10, 2024 - Urban Milwaukee

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Columbus Zoning Reform Proposal Garners Varied Responses

Proponents of a new zoning designation say it will ease the housing crisis, while other residents worry about density, historic resources, and property taxes.

May 9, 2024 - Columbus Dispatch

SMall backyard cottage ADU in San Diego, California.

How ADUs Can Help Ease the Affordable Housing Crisis

Local policies and programs can encourage homeowner participation and increase the number of ADUs available as low-cost rentals.

May 3, 2024 - Brookings

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Faith-Based Housing Brings Light Density With Less Resistance

The ‘Yes in God’s Backyard’ movement brings together powerful partners to develop housing in areas where development might otherwise encounter opposition.

May 2, 2024 - The New York Times

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Colorado Bill Would Tie Transportation Funding to TOD

The proposed law would require cities to meet certain housing targets near transit or risk losing access to a key state highway fund.

April 25, 2024 - Colorado Public Radio

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Minneapolis as a Model for Housing Affordability

Through a combination of policies, the city has managed to limit the severity of the nationwide housing crisis.

April 24, 2024 - Brown Political Review

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How Urban Form Impacts Housing Affordability

The way we design cities affects housing costs differently than you might think.

April 18, 2024 - The Conversation

Single-family homes in a suburb of Dallas, Texas

Texas Law Could Limit Local Control Over Zoning

If upheld, a Texas law would likely prevent cities from enacting zoning reform that would increase density or eliminate single-family-only zoning.

April 17, 2024 - D Magazine

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Maine Law Promotes Smart Growth

New state legislation encourages cities to plan around ‘smart growth’ principles to preserve farmland and open space, and use infill development to build more housing.

April 17, 2024 - Maine Public

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Planning for Accessibility: Proximity is More Important than Mobility

Accessibility-based planning minimizes the distance that people must travel to reach desired services and activities. Measured this way, increased density can provide more total benefits than increased speeds.

April 14, 2024 - Todd Litman

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Burlington Approves Middle Housing Zoning Reform

The Vermont city will allow larger residential buildings and adjust other requirements to spur more ‘missing middle housing’ development.

April 4, 2024 - Vermont Public

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Boston Moves Zoning Reform Forward

The ‘Squares + Streets’ plan creates form-based zoning templates for neighborhoods that promote mixed use and denser housing near transit.

March 29, 2024 - The National Law Review

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Anchorage Leaders Debate Zoning Reform Plan

Last year, the city produced the fewest new housing units in a decade.

March 28, 2024 - Anchorage Daily News

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Promoting Infill Development for a Denser Houston

An advocacy group is calling for ‘sustainable, vertical’ mixed-use urbanism in the famously sprawling city.

March 19, 2024 - Urban Edge

Bus Station

Charlottesville Adopts New Zoning Code

The revised ordinance calls for higher density and more affordable housing.

February 26, 2024 - The Cavalier Daily

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What Is Cambridge’s Affordable Housing Overlay?

A controversial policy is helping create more affordable housing units in the Massachusetts city, but fears of overwhelming density are likely unfounded.

February 18, 2024 - The Crimson

Three-story multifamily modern housing in Dallas, Texas.

Dallas City Council Debates Comprehensive Plan

Some councilmembers worry the ForwardDallas plan will eliminate single-family zoning, but proponents say the proposed changes are necessary to maintain an adequate housing supply in the growing city.

February 14, 2024 - Candy's Dirt

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Atlanta Eliminates Parking Mandates Near BeltLine

Developments near the city’s popular greenway will no longer be subject to minimum parking requirements to make way for more effective development.

February 8, 2024 - Urbanize Atlanta

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