A year of Covid means that we’ve learned to work, shop, learn and recreate virtually. The result is empty office buildings, hotels and malls. We desperately need more housing, especially affordable housing, so it’s only logical to convert those empty structures into housing. 

Zoning laws are standing in the way of making an easy building conversion

Local zoning laws often don’t allow housing at these locations. Changing zoning is so grueling that many developers don’t bother trying. But with a severe housing shortage pushing prices to all-time highs, state lawmakers are moving to pass new laws to get around those barriers. Read more


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