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Friday, April 10 • 9:50am - 10:30am
PS23.0 Exclusionary Land Use Policies: A Path to Residential Segregation?

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Residential segregation is a growing problem here in America. When you look around your city, most often you notice that neighborhoods are grouped into housing typologies and segregated in some form or fashion, primarily by income. The underlying assumption is that the poor live with the poor and the wealthy live with the wealthy. The poor areas of town are most often located in and around the areas of the city that are considered less desirable uses such as warehouse districts and manufacturing districts and distanced from greenbelts and other public amenities. One of the leading causes for residential segregation is the practice of exclusionary zoning regulations. Regulations such as minimum lot sizes, specific building materials, minimum set-backs, high impact fees, and zoning maps that restrict housing typologies or place limitations in different zones. The question is: how do exclusionary land use policies play a part in the institution of residential segregation? This paper will examine in a mixed methods approach utilizing case studies and quantitative data in several Texas cities. By mapping zoning regions over a period of time and analyzing housing values within those zone it is believed that it will be determined that exclusionary land use policies are a major factor in the institution of residential segregation. The goal of this research is the suggestion policies at the state level to begin to blur the lines created by exclusionary land use policies.


Friday April 10, 2015 9:50am - 10:30am EDT
Biscayne Ballroom (2nd floor)