News and Commentary
In an article in Arlington Now, Joe DeVoe covers Amazon’s recent donation of $40 million worth of vacant land on which the county may develop new affordable homes. Construction is set to begin in 2025.
In an article for Greater Greater Washington, Libby Solomon covers a bill to update the DC Comprehensive Plan signed by Mayor Bowser. Solomon argues that, although the law would not change zoning, it does make it so “zoning and other land use decisions are required to be consistent with the comprehensive plan.”
In an article at Reason, Steven Greenhut argues that antiquated zoning laws are worsening the housing crisis by restricting supply.
In an article for the Rocky Mountain Institute, Zack Subin argues that “changing our zoning laws to allow mixed-income housing in higher-income, urban or walkable neighborhoods can improve climate and equity.” Using data on carbon footprints for individual zip codes, he makes the case for prioritizing urbanization in low density, high carbon footprint areas to help fight climate change. Subin argues that zoning reform is the key to achieving such a goal.
In a post on Slow Boring, Matt Yglesias argues for reforming regulations that discourage or disallow manufactured homes. He suggests that manufactured homes can further improve affordability in the parts of the country where housing tends to be cheaper.