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Cities across the country are facing a housing crisis. Developers build more towering apartment buildings, yet the crisis persists. 

At Strong Towns, we believe cities must adjust zoning laws to allow for more choices within the marketplace, while simultaneously encouraging small-scale incremental development to empower local residents and increase community wealth.

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ADUHousing

Building My ADU (Grand Rapids, MI)

The narrative, with all the numbers, for building my "Granny Flat" ADU in Grand Rapids, MI
http://urbangr.org/BuildingADU535Shirley

History of exclusionary zoning—the more things change, the more they stay the same

Greater Greater Washington (an excellent urban planning and transportation blog in the DC area) just re-ran a fascinating article from 2019 about the history of the city's zoning and some of the stark class and racial divisions within the district.... (More)

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Zoning Stories

5 Creative Strategies for Increasing Affordable Housing

Increasing affordable housing doesn't have to require millions in public dollars or fancy new construction.

Read the post: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2017/4/26/5-creative-strategies-for-increasing-affordable-housing

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Zoning Stories

We need small homes

Embracing the strengths of a traditional development pattern means allowing smaller homes -- the next level of investment for a vacant property -- as a way to kick start the incremental pattern of investment.

Read the post: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2014/5/15/we-need-small-homes.html