The Housing Bias: Rethinking Land Use Laws for a Diverse New America

Hardcover | June 15, 2011

byPaul Boudreaux

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As 300 million Americans squeeze into our country, and as single-person households outnumber parents with children, it’s time to rethink our land use laws that favor the single-family house. This provocative book visits sites of recent controversies--from an immigration dispute in a Virginia suburb, to eminent domain in New York City, to illegal apartments in the backyards of California. Boudreaux explores how we could scrap the old housing bias in favor of affluent homeowners, and in its place harness the free market to provide for a greater variety of residences--apartments, townhouses, and mobile homes – for the twenty-first century.

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As 300 million Americans squeeze into our country, and as single-person households outnumber parents with children, it’s time to rethink our land use laws that favor the single-family house. This provocative book visits sites of recent controversies--from an immigration dispute in a Virginia suburb, to eminent domain in New York City, ...

Paul Boudreaux is a Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law. He has also taught at the law schools of the University of Richmond, Tulane University, and the Catholic University of America. Before teaching, he litigated cases for the U.S. Department of Justice. A former editor of the Virginia Law Review, his writings on l...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:226 pages, 8.58 × 5.77 × 0.76 inPublished:June 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230110509

ISBN - 13:9780230110502

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Housing Bias: The Last Privilege of Affluent Americans * The Third Battle of Manassas * Public Uses and Abuses: Eminent Domain in and Around the Empire State * Side Trip: Mount Laurel and the Fair Share * Guarding the Rural Myth in Michigan * Filling in the World’s Biggest Suburb: Los Angeles * Conclusion: Overcoming the Housing Bias for Twenty-first Century America

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“This book presents a very unique way of approaching real world examples of different zoning situations. A smooth and easy read with a variety of interesting anecdotes and examples.”--Chad Emerson, Professor of Law, Faulkner University, Jones School of Law