Houston Townhomes & Affordability: Relative townhome prices 2005-2018
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Houston is often held up as the example of the un-‐zoned American city, with the implication being that Houston’s land use is altogether unregulated and the city’s form is the purest reflection of market forces in any major U.S. city (Lewyn, 2005). While it is true that Houston has no zoning code and that land is developed with fewer use restrictions than most places, it is far from unregulated. Houston has many regulations that apply to form typologies rather than land areas (Lewyn, 2005), and there is a raft of regulations surrounding things such as parking requirements, street widths, and lot size among other things.