Archive: Nick Zaiac
Nick Zaiac is a Catalyst Policy Fellow and a Fellow in Commercial Freedom at the R Street Institute where his portfolio includes housing, postal and transportation issues. He holds a master's degree in economics from George Mason University. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Ali.
California Abolished Single-Family Zoning (And How Your State Can Too)
Accessory dwelling units are one of the cheapest, least politically fraught types of new housing, but they’ve faced local bans for decades.
The Postal Service Goes Urbanist: How New Mailbox Regulations Encourage Density
The postal service is one of many groups that has an implicit say in how new homes are built.
Zoning for the Future of Automotive Fueling
As the future of vehicle fueling evolves, laws must change to accommodate adapting to a new market.
Bernie’s Housing Proposal Takes Supply Constraints Seriously (But Rent Control Is Still Bad)
The senator’s proposal makes clear that fixing housing in America will require ending exclusionary and restrictive zoning.
So the President Has a Housing Task Force, but What Can the Feds Really Do?
Even though state and local governments will always play the central role in housing policy, the executive branch does have tools at its disposal.
Upzoning the Ellis Island of the South
NIMBYism can be hard to understand until you see it play out in community meetings and zoning board or utility commission hearings.
High Housing Costs Are Not Just Limited to Big Cities
How Decades of Tight Zoning Suffocated Small Town Vermont
Two Paths to Improve How Localities Pay for Services and Amenities
Crowding and straining existing infrastructure are key concerns that proponents of new development must overcome. Some solutions are better than others.