William Fischel on Zoning Laws and City Populations


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“They worried about ‘well, if there’s another housing development down there, it’s going to crowd the schools, and create more traffic.’ They became hyper-sensitive to community effects. And they started showing up in zoning hearings,” says Professor William Fischel in a Washington Post story about whether cities are every really “filled to capacity” with residents.

Fischel is a professor of economics and the Robert C. 1925 and Hilda Hardy Professor of Legal Studies.

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