Testimony The Role of Race in Zoning: A History and Policy Review
Yonah Freemark
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Yonah Freemark, a senior research associate, presented before the Legislative Commission to Increase Housing Opportunities in Maine. The hearing included a discussion on the historical role of race and racism in zoning policies and the best measures to ensure that state and municipal zoning laws do not serve as barriers to racial equality. In his presentation, Freemark provided background on why zoning was developed, what the consequences of zoning are—especially in terms of racial equity—and how zoning policy can serve as a mechanism for positive change

Research Areas Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Race and equity Housing
Tags Racial and ethnic disparities Housing markets Racial segregation Multifamily housing Housing affordability Racial barriers to housing Impact of crises on housing
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center