The New York Times Features UrbanFootprint Zoning Data and Analysis

06.18.2019 | Lauren Blecher Scherba
UrbanFootprint maps zoning in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pink represents areas zoned for single-family zoning, while teal indicates area zoned for other housing.

Today’s New York Times Upshot examines single-family zoning in America, featuring data analysis and mapping conducted with UrbanFootprint.
Authors Emily Badger and Quoctrung Bui dive into the data to explore the extensive reach of single-family zoning in cities across the country, noting “it is illegal on 75 percent of the residential land in many American cities to build anything other than a detached single-family home.” Yet, we’re beginning to see more state and local governments making moves to open up the possibility for more housing options.

As Badger and Bui share, “the Oregon legislature will consider a law that would end zoning exclusively for single-family homes in most of the state. California lawmakers have drafted a bill that would effectively do the same. In December, the Minneapolis City Council voted to end single-family zoning citywide.

Read the full article to get the scoop,
“Cities Start to Question an American Ideal: A House With a Yard on Every Lot”.