Urbanization, Housing, and The Politics of Zoning Reform
Commissioner Francis Suarez and Andrew Frey '01 will discuss their experiences reforming zoning in the City of Miami.
In 2015, Commissioner Suarez successfully persuaded the Miami City Commission to remove the parking requirement for lots under 10,000 square feet, with Frey drafting the ordinance and spearheading private and NGO-sector support.
As a result of the zoning reform, vacant lots in areas such as Little Havana and Overtown can now attract development more readily. The reform will lower development costs, drive investment, and ultimately help provide more affordable housing options for Miami residents.
Frey and Suarez’s urban activism is tied to a bigger movement around the country which aims to revitalize neighborhoods, encourage alternative methods of transportation (i.e. public transit/ridesharing), and increase the availability of affordable housing.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 6:00pm
Fulton Hall, Honors Library
Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA