Washington, DC’s Zoning Regulations Target ‘Fast Casual’ Restaurants

[Originally published by Forbes]


It’d be hard to find any one news story that fully captures the ironies and biases driving America’s zoning regulations. These laws were justified a century ago by property owners who wanted to expel undesirable people and uses. They have since evolved into Kafkaesque legal webs that often keep out any use, including well-liked ones. But this evolution was captured pretty well in a recent story out of Washington, DC, where laws designed to prevent fast food chains are now blocking trendy ‘fast casual’ restaurants–and could be selectively changed to help the latter, but not the former…[read the rest at Forbes]