America’s Cities Shaped (and Mishaped) by Rules

By Emily Talen, City Limits
April 30, 2012

We live in a world in which the physical character of cities is a largely a product of rules. Mostly these rules are not helping us create better cities. In fact, they are making it much more difficult. Analyzing the effect of rules is a form of social history, and much is revealed: what do these rules say about how American society values place – as well as neighborhood functionality, community organization, and social integration? More … 

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