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Abstract

This article discusses the economic effects of residential zoning, and how zoning might be used to create more affordable housing for the poor in America. The author explains the three legal regimes of inclusionary zoning, namely, voluntary inclusion programs, mandatory set-asides with density bonuses, and mandatory set-asides without density bonuses. While he offers no advice on how to implement any of the three regimes, he notes that the choice between the pure buyer's remedy and an inclusionary program with set asides depends on the buying power of the target population. Based on the economic situation of that target population, a city can tailor one of these three legal regimes to meet the needs of that population.

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