The Elephant in the Zoning Code: Single Family Zoning in the Housing Supply Discussion

  title={The Elephant in the Zoning Code: Single Family Zoning in the Housing Supply Discussion},
  author={Paavo Monkkonen},
  journal={Housing Policy Debate},
  pages={41 - 43}
Many regions of the United States face a persistent and increasingly dire housing a ff ordability crisis. Despite the agreement among experts that more housing would ameliorate this crisis, we see opposition to building new housing from many di ff erent groups. “ Supply Skepticism: Housing Supply and A ff ordability, ” by Vicki Been, Ingrid Gould Ellen, and Katherine O ’ Regan, is a timely review of the state of knowledge on the relationship between housing supply and housing a ff ordability… 

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