Beyond the Picket Fence: How one city is creating more affordable housing

Beyond the Picket Fence: How one city is creating more affordable housing

Beyond the Picket Fence: How one city is creating more affordable housing

February 3, 2020

Minneapolis is home to what may be the nation’s most ambitious experiment in housing affordability. Leaders there are implementing reforms that end “single-family zoning,” which long reserved wide swaths of the city for detached single-family homes. In tandem, the city’s comprehensive “2040 plan” calls for new protections for renters, new demands on developers, and other moves to expand the modest supply of affordable housing. The challenges Minneapolis faces are common to other US cities and thus its solutions, if successful, may be replicable. “We are in a crisis that has actually been a long time coming and building progressively over time, where we’re seeing housing costs continue to grow faster than incomes in most metropolitan areas across the country,” says housing expert Solomon Greene of Washington, DC’s Urban Institute. “There is no silver bullet. Multiple solutions are going to be necessary.”

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