Brookings: How Land Use Regulations Are Zoning Out Low-Income Families

Brookings: How Land Use Regulations Are Zoning Out Low-Income Families
August 16, 2016 Peter

brookingSocial mobility and geographical mobility have historically gone hand-in-hand in America: people move to places with greater opportunity. But such moves have become steadily more difficult, in part because of the growing regulation of land use. Zoning ordinances that limit density are a particular problem, reducing the availability of affordable housing. NIMBYism is motivated by a rational desire to accumulate financial capital by enhancing home values. But for parents, it is also about helping their children accumulate human capital by controlling access to local schools.

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