Magda Maaoui, who earned her PhD in Urban Planning from Columbia University GSAPP in the summer of 2021 and is currently on a one-year adjuncting teaching and research contract with the university of Cergy-Paris, has recently published a nationwide quantitative study in Housing Studies, evaluating the impact of France’s largest mandatory inclusionary zoning program, called “the Loi SRU”:

Her study evaluating this French model program can fuel several current debates happening in the United States over inclusionary zoning [eg. recent debates and reforms in California or New York]. The key takeaway from this French model program is that a strong enforcement from the state, combined with resources made available for public agents in charge of neighborhood planning plays a huge role in its efficiency. One of Maaoui’s first goal with this paper is to start addressing the growing concerns of supply skeptics regarding the redistributive features of mandatory inclusionary zoning programs. Her second goal is to produce policy-relevant, actionable findings for legislators, planners, and advocacy organizations eager to reform and strengthen the model SRU program moving forward.

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