The Racial Origins of Zoning in American Cities

1997

By: , Christopher Silver

https://www.asu.edu/courses/aph294/total-readings/silver%20--%20racialoriginsofzoning.pdf

Social Equity

This book chapter points out zoning’s early social function as a legal mechanism for separating immigrant and African American populations, serving to preserve property values or enforce racial segregation. It shows that the narrative of zoning as a neutral tool for separating land uses is incomplete.