Zoning Rules!: The Economics of Land Use Regulation (Paperback)
This best-selling book describes how zoning has been overused by local communities to block new housing development in ways that exacerbate sprawl and social inequity. It lays out the history, motivation, structure, and impact of municipal zoning in the United States and offers more effective approaches for developers and public officials to consider when instituting new regulations.
Bill Fischel has taught economics at Darmouth College since 1973, when he received his PhD from Princeton after receiving his BA from Amherst College. Fischel's scholarship focuses on local government, especially land use regulation and property taxation. He has served on the Hanover, New Hampshire, zoning board and on the board of directors of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
“Fischel’s highly readable review of how zoning became such a powerful governor of urban development and his identification of the effects of its ordinances provides the information base for dealing with one of urban America’s most important problems. For me personally, it has been a déjà vu moment.”
— Claude Gruen, Principal, Gruen Gruen + Associates
“Fischel’s book is the magnum opus of a life studying zoning laws, and is required reading for anyone who weeks to reform the way our nation regulates private property.”
— Nick Zaiac