Hello 👋 Here are a few books that I've read recently that I've really enjoyed! I find that taking the time to summarize books can help with my comprehension.
Zoning, the practice of dividing land into numerous "zones" and using regulation to dictate what can be built in each zone, is used across the world to control how cities are built. If you compare Europe to the United States though, it's very obvious that something is different. Single-family homes seem to hold a special place in American society. If you look deeper into this, you'll find zoning by-laws that enforce homogeneous zones of single-family homes. Why exactly did this happen?
In Zoned in the USA, Sonia Hirt does a deep dive into the history of zoning and tries to explain how America became the way it is today. When you first think about zoning, you might wonder how such rules could be upheld in a society that values freedom over everything else. Sonia argues that advocates overcome initial aversion by convincing the public that zoning would not threaten American's "limited government" ideal, would protect the value of private property and would protect the much-adored single-family home.