Upzone Rich Neighborhoods

America's housing crisis is widely acknowledged, yet few believe that sufficient steps are being taken to combat it. Part of the problem is that we believe the housing crisis to be an urban problem, rather than a metropolitan one. The capacity of change at the metropolitan level will be extremely limited if only middle and low-income urban districts are expected to densify. This proposal posits the opposite: that rich neighborhoods should be aggressively up-zoned to allow for intensive development at both subsidized and market rates. Releasing this valve is not only a way to more equitably distribute the pressures of urban development. It is also means by which the country's many inner ring suburban districts can be transformed to accommodate new forms of metropolitan living that are more aesthetically, ecologically, and socially sound.

Windsor Farms, a wealthy inner-ring suburb of Richmond, Virginia, is considered in the illustrations shown here.