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Neighborhood Defenders: Participatory Politics and America's Housing Crisis
Since the collapse of the housing market in 2008, demand for housing has consistently outpaced supply in many US communities. The failure to construct sufficient housing - especially affordable housing - in desirable communities and neighborhoods comes with significant social, economic, and environmental costs. This book examines how local participatory land use institutio ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published December 5th 2019 by Cambridge University Press
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Neighborhood Defenders is an academic, yet approachable, book that discusses the dynamics around how people stop housing development that can increase affordability in the name of defending the neighborhoods. The book is and exploration of how current zoning (and review) processes , which were set up to give everyone a voice, have served to give certain advantaged groups an outsize say in what can be built. The result is often that larger housing projects which might include a range of market ra ...more
Informative read for anyone interested in land use politics, affordable housing, or really anything to do with public hearings. The authors show the power that people can wield at local zoning hearings, while also objectively showing the skewed demographics (wealthier, whiter, more likely own than rent) of those who attend most often and the prevailing objective (resistance to additional housing units). They use quantitative analysis of coded public hearing comments to demonstrate correlation be ...more