Sumary of Zoning policies that boost affordable housing: Good for the heart?:
- Inclusionary zoning policies that increase the supply of affordable housing may be good for the heart.
- So says a first-of-a-kind study published today by researchers at the George Washington University.
- The study notes that such zoning programs were associated with lower rates of heart disease.
- “Many cities around the country are facing a severe shortage of affordable housing,” Antwan Jones, lead author of the study and an associate professor of sociology at GW, said.
- “Our study suggests that inclusionary zoning programs can help not just boost the supply of safe, affordable housing, but may also reduce the risk of heart disease.
- ” Jones and his colleagues relied on data from the 500 Cities Project, as well as zoning and demographic information, to find out if there were links at the municipal level between so-called inclusionary zoning policies and coronary heart disease.