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Yonah Freemark
Principal Research Associate
Research Director, Land Use Lab at Urban
Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
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    Yonah Freemark is a principal research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. He is the research director of the Land Use Lab at Urban. His research focuses on the intersection of land use, affordable housing, transportation, and governance. He has published peer-reviewed scholarship in numerous journals, including Urban Affairs ReviewPolitics & SocietyHousing Policy Debate, and the Journal of the American Planning Association.

    Previously, Freemark worked for Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council and has written for the New York TimesNext City, and CityLab, among other publications. He holds master’s degrees in city planning and in transportation, as well as a PhD in urban studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives along the U Street Corridor in Washington, DC, and is an appointed member of the ANC 2B Land Use Committee.

    Research Areas
    Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
    Climate change, disasters, and community resilience
    Land use
    Housing affordability
    Planning for climate change
    Decarbonization and greenhouse gas reduction
    Equitable development
    Fair housing and housing discrimination
    Federal budget and economy
    Federal urban policies
    Housing subsidies
    Housing markets
    International housing and land markets
    International public administration and local government
    Multifamily housing
    Public and assisted housing

    Outside Affiliations
    Climate and Community Project

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