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Zoning Rules!: The Economics of Land Use Regulation

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Once dismissed by economists as a paper tiger, municipal zoning is now regarded as a major influence on the development of American cities. Zoning Rules! explores the behavioral basis as well as the economic effects of local government land use regulation. This requires not just an economic model of how zoning works but a deeper understanding of the social, political, and ...more
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
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Michael Lewyn
Explains the history of zoning, why it became popular, and why it has become more restrictive over time.
Frank Stein
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although this book is often, and self-admittedly, repetitive of his early works, as usual Fischel is an indubitably sharp and witty writer, who leads his readers through the thickets of contemporary law and economics relating to land with panache.

One of the main insights of this book is that much of land use regulation is "demand driven" and not "supply driven." While historians tend to focus on the major planning advocates and judges, like Edward Bassett and Justice George Sutherland, in
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Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a difficult book to rate. I found it very informative but quite dense and occasionally dry. I came away with a more nuanced understanding of the causes of some of the development problems the author addresses but was disappointed by the author’s proposed solutions.
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Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Clearly an academic book, but here that works really well. I liked the focus and the drive of the narrative, keeping the idea that not all zoning is for land use regulatory impact, that there are other impacts and reasons to create and update zoning in a community, and that some of those impacts are economic for the community, both via tax revenue and general economic development.
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