The Legacy of Housing Discrimination In The Twin Cities

Local zoning ordinances in the Twin Cities restrict 73 percent of residential land to allow only single-family detached homes. Ten percent is zoned for “middle housing,” and only 7 percent is zoned for multifamily housing. Many Black and Latinx families rely upon multifamily housing and changing the zoning laws could both expand their access to high-opportunity neighborhoods and improve affordability. “BIPOC folks have been segregated from more affluent neighborhoods because they haven’t been able to have more housing options in those neighborhoods,” said Karen Barton, St. Louis Park’s community development director. “That affects education, health, future incomes, everything.”

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