Comments on: Is Zoning Popular? Reevaluating the Evidence Liberalizing cities | From the bottom up Wed, 28 Feb 2018 14:48:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: SFB Fri, 26 Jan 2018 17:39:00 +0000 Nice piece, especially liked the empahsis on the role of the federal government in expanding zoning. I have heard it argued that the federal government has limited power to roll back zoning. I don’t agree with this argument. As this piece clearly shows, the federal government has had great power in expanding zoning in the past, and could easily limit the devastating effect of zoning now – if it so desired…

However, zoning is clearly popular today. You don’t have to attend many zoning or planning board meetings in suburban New Jersey to realize that. I have often heard “this plan violates zoning!” held up as a reason to deny it, as if the zoning is some kind of religious edict.

Just because something is popular does not mean it should be preserved. Certainly not. But it definitely makes it more challenging to reform it. Zoning is a civil rights issue, so the courts should have a role in dismantling it.