The American Conservative
The Promise of Urbanism: A Response to Rachel Bovard in American Compass
Rachel Bovard has written a piece at American Compass bouncing off Wells King (republished at New Urbs), both responding to the Trump-Carson op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, or AFFH. Trump and Carson boasted that they were repealing Obama-era rule and saving America’s suburbs from left-wing federal social engineering. King argued that this could prompt positive reform of an ossified and outdated zoning regime. Bovard argues that the AFFH was in fact federal social engineering, and that the suburbs should remain bastions of eventual homeownership for all Americans. But while her ostensible target is the AFFH, she repeats a few common misconceptions about what zoning reform and urbanism more generally might look like if more widely implemented.