The New York Times has created a series of data visualizations illustrating how the zoning policies of many U.S. cities make it difficult for low-income families to afford housing. Many cities zone most of their residential land for single-family homes, which effectively bans townhomes, duplexes, and apartments. The visualizations show that 84 percent of Charlotte’s residential land is zoned as single-family housing. Such zoning can entrench racial and economic segregation by making it less likely working-class families would live next to affluent ones.
Visualizing Housing Options in U.S. Cities
Michael McLaughlin is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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