An Economic History of Zoning and a Cure for its Exclusionary Effects

  title={An Economic History of Zoning and a Cure for its Exclusionary Effects},
  author={William A. Fischel},
  journal={Urban Studies},
  pages={317 - 340}
  • W. Fischel
  • Published 1 February 2004
  • History
  • Urban Studies
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