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How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It with M. Nolan Gray

April 11, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

How Zoning Broke American Cities


One of the hottest trends in US cities right now, as reported by NPR, is “changing zoning rules to allow more housing” (https://www.npr.org/2024/02/17/1229867031/housing-shortage-zoning-reform-cities). Much of the US is struggling with a lack of missing middle housing. Outdated and inequitable zoning regulations are some of the main reasons.

Recently, cities throughout the US have been taking on zoning reform in an attempt to legalize a variety of housing options and smarter growth. While housing is at the core of the issue, zoning reforms can also allow for safer, people-oriented neighborhoods, reduce carbon emissions, and address longstanding environmental injustices, while also providing fiscal benefits to communities.

In this webinar, M. Nolan Gray, the author of Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It, and Toccarra Nicole Thomas, AICP, the Director of Land Use and Development and Executive Director of Form-Based Codes Institute at Smart Growth America, will discuss zoning reforms and how to create more equitable and useful places to live.

Participants of this live webinar are eligible for 1.5 AICP CM credits.


Maryland Department of Planning
(410) 767-4500