#HomeOwnership rates via @donnelly_b

The Old Urbanist (Charlie Gardner) recently published an interesting post talking about the origins of American zoning using the work of Professor Sonia Hirt and her new book, Zoned in the USA: The Origins and Implications of American Land-Use Regulation . One of the central themes in his post is the American (and Canadian) fixation on single-family homes: …the United States is the only developed country of those surveyed, apart from Canada, to widely employ single-family detached residential zones that bar all commercial and multifamily uses. And the reason for this is largely because of two longstanding beliefs in American (and again Canadian) culture: Your goal should be to become a homeowner, and that home should ideally be a single-family detached home. But there’s lots of evidence to suggest that these legal protections (and many of the other things being done to enc...

Full article: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/1041931/...

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