Zoning determines what can and cannot be built on a given piece of property. It's a powerful tool that has been used to promote segregation, concentrate poverty and spur investment in neighborhoods across the country for the last 100 years.
The stuff of epic NIMBY battles, this dry subject comes alive thanks to special guest Michael Andersen, a senior fellow at Sightlines Institute, a progressive think tank dedicated to sustainable community growth and development.
We talk about zoning's dark history as well as the modern way progressives try to use zoning to build walkable alternatives to sprawl. Zoning changes can increase affordable housing in a neighborhood, but it can also bring in new rich residents and become a "can opener" for gentrification.
TIP: When a zone change is proposed in your area, look to see who for it and how is against it and money those groups stand to make.
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