The Housing of America's Families: Control, Exclusion, and Privilege

41 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2011  

Date Written: November 29, 2005

Abstract

Housing restrictions, in the form of restrictive covenants, housing and building codes, and zoning regulations, have subtly helped to define our conception of what constitutes a family. Local ordinances have controlled and curtailed the type of dwellings that qualify as family homes, substituting relationship requirements for requirements of purpose or function. This article argues that moral judgments are the driving force behind some housing restrictions, and that such restrictions actually undermine the notion of family in our neighborhoods.

Keywords: housing, affordable, real estate, real, estate, family, covenant, zoning

Suggested Citation

Alexander, Frank S., The Housing of America's Families: Control, Exclusion, and Privilege (November 29, 2005). Emory Law Journal, Vol. 54, No. 3, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1965542

Frank S. Alexander (Contact Author)

Emory Law ( email )

1301 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States

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