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SJE, I think most of us agree that regulations could be relaxed. That's part of what the zoning update is about: relaxing regulations to allow land to be put to its best use, where it is likely to be most efficient/least disruptive (areas where many residents will choose to live without a personal auto can have fewer or no mandated parking spots, very small businesses can open up in certain neighborhoods to provide the services that benefit the residents of that neighborhood conveniently - like many other neighborhoods already enjoy - good design can trump boring boxes, etc.).

It's the authors of and believers in "studies" like these that really like regulation, while claiming they do not. It's a blatant lie to say that parking and lot size minimums, lot coverage maximums, and other outdated, suburban-style regulations "increase freedom" for landowners to do as they please with their property. The only thing having regulations like these WITHIN THE CITY and urbanized suburbs does is artificially buoy housing values further from the city.

by Ms. D on Dec 18, 2012 6:38 pm • linkreport

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