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The Zoning Theory of Everything

• arclein

These remarks reflected a newly adopted theme of President Donald Trump's reelection campaign: that he had saved the "American suburban lifestyle dream" by axing housing policies adopted under President Barack Obama. Then-candidate Joe Biden's promise to revive those rules was presented as proof positive of his plans to destroy all that was good about America. The words zoning policy probably conjure thoughts of dull board meetings and interminable debates about setbacks, parking requirements, and seemingly small architectural details. Most Americans probably consider zoning about as dry as an unlicked envelope. Yet somehow, during a presidential election unfolding amid a deadly pandemic, divisive lockdowns, raucous protests and riots, mass unemployment, and spiking crime, zoning politics managed to show up center stage.