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    Single-Family Zoning in California: A Statewide Analysis

    Othering & Belonging Institute

    Year: 2024

    This report is the final and culminating report of a six year investigation into the extent, correlates, and putative effects of single-family-only residential zoning in California. This research project emerged out of a separate, multi-year examination of the nature and dynamics of racial residential segregation in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our examination of that issue made clear to us that restrictive land use policies – single-family-only zoning in particular – played a significant role in maintaining and exacerbating patterns of racial residential segregation in the Bay Area. We were further led to the conclusion that loosening such restrictive land use policies would be necessary to reverse levels of racial residential segregation in the future.

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