News and Commentary
A piece from The Atlantic discusses the breakthrough Minneapolis 2040, which essentially abolished single-family zoning in Minneapolis. One of the most successful strategies was pointing out how sky-high housing costs harmed the most marginalized groups.
Jenny Schuetz of the Brookings Institution has an excellent guide to what zoning is, how it works in practice, and how desired outcomes should inform the current debate over what policies should be changed.
An article in CityLab by Devin Michelle Bunten makes an important distinction between gentrification, where well-to-do new residents transform neighborhoods in a way that displaces older residents, and a more general housing shortage. The former is more localized, but the latter is regional. New housing construction in general can address the latter, but smart policies to help prevent rampant gentrification are necessary to properly address the former.