recap of summer reads on housing diversity and affordability

It’s been a busy and challenging summer. So perhaps you missed a few recent articles about how zoning affects housing affordability? We’ve got you covered. Here are a few thought-provoking pieces of writing from the past few months.

Deng, et al., “Op-Ed: For climate and Affordability, Reform Zoning,” Michigan Daily, June 19, 2020.
Penned by a group of University of Michigan faculty, this hyper-local editorial explicitly connects affordability and climate justice, and offers a vision for how Ann Arbor can achieve both its economic and environmental equity goals.

Jamie Fogel and Zachary Ackerman, “Opinion: Restrictive zoning laws perpetuate neighborhood segregation,” Detroit News, July 15, 2020.
Ann Arbor’s own Fogel (a PhD student) and Ackerman (city council member) describe how restrictive zoning has contributed to racial segregation nationally and in “reliably liberal” Ann Arbor.

Emily Hamilton, “Want More Housing? Ending Single-Family Zoning Won’t Do It,” Bloomberg CityLab, July 29, 2020.
Hamilton—a research fellow at the libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center think tank—points out that merely ending single-family zoning might not be enough to truly increase the supply of affordable housing.