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.
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.
Why Nothing is Near Your Office
How Land Use Rules Make Life Inconvenient
The legal separation of land uses makes life inconvenient, paid for in long drives and errands that never get done.
A Daycare in Every Neighborhood
Loosening Childcare Laws Could Make the Dream a Reality
Working families pay the price when we set needlessly high standards for who may care for children and narrow limits for where they may do so.
Let Us Have Lemonade
Legalizing Home-based Businesses to Make the Most of Summer
Homeowners who want to sell something to their neighbors face a gauntlet of laws, permits, and inspections that sap the will and wallets of would-be entrepreneurs.
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.
No Home When You Get Out
Zoning Reform for the Formerly Incarcerated
To ensure there are enough low-cost units on the market to house the formerly incarcerated as they return to their communities, towns and cities need to permit construction of low-cost housing typologies.
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
Unlike the costs of labor or building materials, land-use regulation costs are created by law and can be lowered by lawmaker action.
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.