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Exclusionary Zoning

October 15, 2020, 9am PDT
The mayor, planning staff, and the Philadelphia Planning Commission agree. The Philadelphia City Council and residents of the wealthy neighborhood of Society Hill, not so much.
WHYY
October 13, 2020, 5am PDT
Cambridge, Massachusetts has opened all residential neighborhoods to the development of apartments buildings with 100 percent affordable units. It might be the most "sweeping attack on elitist and racist single family zoning" in the country.
Wicked Local
October 6, 2020, 9am PDT
Voters in Alameda, a city of nearly 80,000 people on an island in the East San Francisco Bay Area, will vote to end a prohibition on multi-family housing that has been in place since 1973.
Alameda Sun
October 6, 2020, 5am PDT
Decades of building housing on the fringes of metropolitan areas have mired the United States in a housing affordability crisis defined by a widening gap between the haves and the have nots.
Vox
October 1, 2020, 7am PDT
Open Communities Alliance, along with law students and professors at a fair housing development clinic at Yale Law School, have proposed a development meant to trigger the exclusionary zoning code in the town of Woodbridge, Connecticut.
The Connecticut Mirror
Feature
September 30, 2020, 8am PDT
An article from the journal Urban Studies is inspiring debate and controversy over a year after publication, presenting opposing opinions on fundamental questions about how land use regulation affects the housing market.
James Brasuell
September 29, 2020, 6am PDT
The Philadelphia City Council is expected to approve new zoning for Society Hill over the objections of the Planning Commission and city planning staff.
KYW
August 30, 2020, 7am PDT
The Trump administration’s talk about protecting the suburbs is based on misrepresentations of who really lives in suburbs and what these communities need.
The Avenue (Brookings)
August 21, 2020, 6am PDT
As reported earlier this month, the Massachusetts Legislature is poised to approve historic statewide land use reforms that would preempt local control of residential development. Here's a detailed account of how the state arrived at this moment.
Shelterforce Magazine
August 13, 2020, 5am PDT
After several failed attempts, Massachusetts Legislature is close to a breakthrough on the Housing Choice initiative proposed by Governor Baker as a tool for generating a lot of new housing supply in the state.
The Boston Globe
August 12, 2020, 8am PDT
The Portland Residential Infill Project is expected for approval by the Portland City Council today, culminating a six year process that became more and more ambitious with every iteration.
Sightline Institute
August 10, 2020, 6am PDT
The consequences of more than a century of planning and zoning are gaining more attention in the media as the country struggles through a pandemic. Will these lessons win new political support for more density in residential neighborhoods?
NPR
August 3, 2020, 12pm PDT
Lately it seems like people are forgetting that zoning is a legal process, requiring the support of elected officials.
Notes from the Underground
August 2, 2020, 11am PDT
A pair of articles from the Twin Cities, revealing the racist motivations of exclusionary zoning.
Rewire
Blog post
July 29, 2020, 12pm PDT

President Trump took to Twitter today to celebrate his administration's decision to rescind the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, approved by the Obama administration to strengthen the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

James Brasuell
July 29, 2020, 8am PDT
New York City has completed a series of rezoning processes focused mostly on lower-income areas in the city. Here's what it would take to upzone wealthier parts of the city, and why the city should make it happen.
City and State New York
June 28, 2020, 11am PDT
A long development saga has finally concluded in the South Bay Area city of Palo Alto, following a common narrative in the development resistant city.
The Mercury News
June 24, 2020, 10am PDT
Communities across the country need to dismantle exclusionary barriers and rebalance spending to invest more equitably across neighborhoods, according to this article by the Urban Institute.
Urban Institute
June 14, 2020, 7am PDT
An opinion piece calls out suburban communities for perpetuating structural inequality and housing discrimination. Recently converted social justice advocates should focus their zeal on zoning reform, according to the argument that follows.
Louisville Courier Journal
April 30, 2020, 6am PDT
The solutions for the U.S. housing crisis caused by the economic wreckage of COVID-19 will also provide relief in the future, according to this article.
Sightline Institute