Jul 17, 2018
CityLab · Benjamin Schneider
If you’ve hung around the CityLab site, sat through a City Council meeting, or hobnobbed with a housing developer, you’ve probably run across the term “inclusionary zoning.” You might even think you know what it means. But wait, do you?
Inclusionary zoning is a policy that was first developed in the 1970s in response to exclusionary and often racially segregated “snob zoning.”
It’s a popular tool for getting the private market to subsidize affordable housing.
But critics, namely developers and some economists, say the policy reduces the overall supply of housing, thus raising prices.
Other anti-poverty critics say it’s a Band-Aid that doesn’t adequately address the housing needs of low-income people.