Chicago Reader: City Housing Dep't takes steps forward on transparency--- Opportunities emerge to address segregation with changes to City Zoning code
November 16, 2019
The ARO, and zoning laws in general, are a unique weapon to combat segregation and disinvestment built by racist government policies and reinforced by decades of private investment patterns in American cities. The U.S. Supreme Court has reinforced cities' prerogative to use zoning laws to limit, structure, and set the conditions for real estate development, making them a rare example of local government laws that can trump private property rights (as long as they're not discriminatory in intent or impact). "If we think about the power to address segregation through this tool, it's immense and unparalleled," Levinger says.