Shaping The City: Rethinking Planning Rules

Shaping The City: Rethinking Planning Rules

Traditional zoning ordinances took hold a century ago to control what was built where, how densely and how tall. We explore how different jurisdictions are rethinking the rules.

Traditional zoning ordinances took hold a century ago to control what was built where, how densely and how tall. Those rules determine how land is used -- preventing, for example, a company from building a factory in the middle of a residential neighborhood, or someone turning their home into a retail shop. But as more cities and suburbs shift to denser, mixed-use development, they're bumping up against zoning regulations that may no longer make sense. We explore how different jurisdictions are rethinking the rules.

Guests

Roger Lewis

Architect; Columnist, "Shaping the City," Washington Post; and Professor Emeritus of Architecture, University of Maryland College Park

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