How Use-Based Zoning Hurts a City’s Economy

Tanya Snyder on a new Peterson Institute paper showing that increases in homeownership are associated with increased unemployment:

The researchers also found that fewer businesses establish themselves in areas with high home-ownership, possibly because of what they call “NIMBY pressures in action.” Zoning for residential-only and other attempts to curb development prevent businesses from creating jobs near where people live. That’s a big endorsement for mixed-use development, where people can work, shop, and live all in relatively close proximity.

Cities need to stop using the Euclidean zoning model and switch to a form-based code that doesn’t regulate what buildings can be used for.

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