One hundred years of solitude
By Scott Sumner
Rarely does one see such unambiguous good news as this:
The Berkeley City Council has unanimously voted to become the first Bay Area city to end single-family zoning. . . .
Berkeley was the first city in the country to enact single-family zoning more than 100 years ago.
Opponents of single-family zoning say it was used to exclude people of color from moving into certain neighborhoods.
1. Conservatives that favor local control of zoning decisions.
2. Conservatives that favor deregulation and free markets.
3. Progressives worried about housing affordability for the poor and minorities.
4. Urbanists worried that suburbia creates isolated, atomistic people, unconnected to their neighbors.
5. Environmentalists worried about urban sprawl.
Congratulations to Berkeley for ending 100 years of solitude.