Inclusionary Housing: Proven Success in Large Cities

Zoning Practice — October 2004

By Nicholas Brunick


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For nearly three decades, inclusionary housing served locally as an effective tool for medium-sized cities and wealthy suburban counties to address the need for affordable housing. In a climate of decreased federal support, local governments in affluent communities found inclusionary zoning to be a cost-effective way to produce homes and apartments for valued citizens, including seniors, public employees, and working-poor households, who would otherwise be excluded from the housing market.

Until recently, no large U.S. city had adopted an inclusionary housing program. With the 1990s resurgence of many urban centers as vibrant locations for new investment, inclusionary zoning has surfaced as a policy solution to rising housing costs in big cities.

This issue of Zoning Practice, the second in a two-part series on inclusionary housing, discusses why large urban centers are exploring and adopting inclusionary housing strategies.


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Oct. 1, 2004
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Nicholas Brunick