"Upzoning" — also known as zoning reform — is getting renewed attention as a way to expand housing construction with market forces putting a damper on rents. The idea is to allow multiple-unit housing construction in areas that previously had been restricted to single-family buildings.

But evidence suggests that while it might work in some cases, it doesn't in others, and it can be complicated to identify causality when things do improve.

The Biden administration recently took aim at local housing regulations.

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