Zoning is America’s Local Version of Crony Capitalism

 

In many U.S. municipalities, zoning codes have evolved from reasonable public protections into regulatory cobwebs that benefit the rich over the poor.

(From The Market Urbanism Report)

Zoning is bad because, at street level, it has become a tool of exclusion and protectionism that benefits the rich over the poor, the old over the young, and landowners over renters. Calling zoning what it is—cronyism—could be the beginning of reforming the problem.