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You missed the obvious, and epic, pun: "Baby Got Back(Yard)"

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Haha! I'll save it for a follow-up piece.

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May 16Liked by Ryan Puzycki

Great piece Ryan. This is just another reminder of the negative effects of overzealous zoning regulations. Essentially, we can think of zoning regulations as a subtle means of transferring wealth from those who own property to those who do not.

Local boards and city governments become captured by landowners/homeowners who have every incentive to design the rules to inflate the value of their properties. This is not optimal for a number of reasons, it exacerbates the cost of housing, widens wealth inequality, and weakens our ability to take advantage of the scaling benefits that cities provide: https://www.lianeon.org/p/let-a-thousand-skyscrapers-bloom

Keep giving us examples, I am sure they are endless.

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Thank you! The well is deep on this topic, unfortunately. The good news is that we are showing it is possible to break free of capture.

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May 15Liked by Ryan Puzycki

Interesting - keep them coming!

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May 30Liked by Ryan Puzycki

Thanks for highlighting the various ways in which planning and zoning regs shape or distort how our cities develop

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