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AMAC Exclusive – By Seamus Brennan

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Among the policy issues quickly ascending to the forefront of American politics is the systematic effort of Democrats to abolish the suburbs by eliminating single-family zoning. Legislators in California recently enacted laws to eliminate zoning protections for single-family neighborhoods, and progressive-minded liberals in dozens of other cities and states are trying to do the same. The initiative is also being pushed by President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress. But the movement to ban single-family zoning didn’t begin in the Golden State. It started in Minneapolis, and its origins there warrant attention so that other jurisdictions can ready themselves for the arguments to abolish single-family zoning—which could soon be coming to your neighborhood.

Minnesota has been particularly hard-hit by high housing costs and the availability of affordable housing—more so than any other state the nation. As Jeff Johnson, former state legislator and Republican candidate for Governor from Minnesota put it, “Nearly everyone acknowledges that the lack of housing available for people of low and middle income is one of the most serious problems facing the Twin Cities.”

Johnson notes that according to a measure used to determine housing affordability, nearly a third of Minneapolis residents in 2017 were “cost-burdened,” or spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing expenses. As a result, 85 percent of Minneapolis residents cannot afford newly constructed homes. On top of this, only 12 percent of “affordable housing” units built in 2017 were actually affordable to low-income residents.

In 2019, in an effort to encourage the construction of more affordable housing units, Minneapolis became the first American city to ban single-family zoning in all of its neighborhoods. The initiative to tackle housing costs was described in its early phases as “a social experiment of epic proportions.”

Supporters of the enterprise generally cite three rationales for pushing this unprecedented policy: increasing affordability, atoning for systemic racism, and addressing concerns about climate change. “In Minneapolis, for now, we have a political coalition that is supportive of adding more housing and demanding a race-equity approach to housing access,” the city council president said. The Atlantic echoed this sentiment, claiming in reference to the city’s zoning plan that “single-family zoning not only segregates people by race and class, but also artificially increases prices and hurts the environment.”

Joe Biden himself has also recently advocated for such so-called zoning reform on the basis of combatting “racial discrimination,” “the racial wealth gap,” and “racial injustice.” Moreover, Biden’s campaign website advocated the use of housing policy to “battle climate change.” In particular, Biden champions “[a]ltering local regulations to eliminate sprawl and allow for denser, more affordable housing near public transit [that] would cut commute times for many of the country’s workers while decreasing their carbon footprint.”

Despite such claims, however, the fact remains that the reasons for the housing crisis in states like Minnesota have little to do with racism or lingering effects from the Jim Crow era; rather, they are largely the result of blue state government regulations and codes. “No amount of spending will solve (or even lessen) this problem,” Jeff Johnson writes, “unless government is willing to do what it hasn’t in the past: reform and actually roll back government mandates, regulations and fees that are contributing considerably to the lack of affordable housing in the Twin Cities.”

As Johnson goes on to observe, Minnesota has “the strictest codes in the Midwest” and “myriad fees and zoning restrictions” that exacerbate high costs of living. Additionally, although racially restrictive covenants did in fact prevent racial minorities from purchasing homes in certain jurisdictions over the course of many decades, such covenants have been banned in Minnesota since 1962. In fact, America’s suburbs are now more diverse than ever before, offering a welcome escape from the crime and poverty that plague Democrat-run inner cities. Today, the majority of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans live in the suburbs.

One of the leading sources of the skyrocketing housing costs in Minneapolis is the state’s Metropolitan Council, a regional planning organization comprised of unelected members charged with mandating arbitrary “growth boundaries” and “urban containment boundaries” to prevent housing development outside of the Twin Cities’ “urban core.” Despite experts’ claims that building beyond urban areas has been “a successful strategy for developers for decades” and that “people drive to affordability,” Lisa Barajas, the Council’s director of community development, said that “the region doesn’t need more single-family homes.” Thus, rather than building more suburbs that extend beyond the Twin Cities metropolitan area, the unaccountable Metropolitan Council has instead opted to break up the existing suburbs—a decision that is, in reality, only further aggravating high housing costs. Real estate developers now have an incentive to bid up the cost of land and turn former single-family lots into multi-family rental apartment buildings.

Efforts to ban single-family zoning are now rapidly spreading throughout the nation and becoming a significant component of the Democrat agenda. Terry McAuliffe, the Democrat nominee for Governor of Virginia, has called for “spearheading zoning reform”—for which he was notably attacked in a recent television advertisement. McAuliffe’s campaign website promotes his policy under the banner of “Neighbors for More Neighbors,” a slogan that was—not-so-incidentally—the name of one of the leading coalitions behind abolishing single-family zoning in Minnesota. As Stanley Kurtz recently wrote for National Review, there are reasons to believe “zoning may be on the cusp of emerging as a high-profile political issue.”

Even the New York Times has acknowledged that the elimination of single-family zoning laws would substantially increase housing prices in addition to effectively destroying suburban America as it currently exists. The path to lowering housing costs does not need to include the construction of high-density housing units in single-family neighborhoods, and the source of high housing costs is not “systemic racism”—instead, it’s very often the government imposing costly regulations and other impediments, including those being issued from unaccountable bureaucracies like Minnesota’s Metropolitan Council. Until the American people can fully understand the damage inflicted by government-driven housing mandates and regulations like those in places like Minnesota, the housing affordability crisis will not diminish, but almost certainly worsen. The Democrat plan to abolish single-family zoning will only further compound the problem.

Minneapolis is gradually cementing its status as the birthplace of dangerous left-wing ideas and movements. Is it any surprise that so-called “housing reform” movement emerged from the same city as the “Defund the Police” movement, and that combatting “systemic racism” was cited as a reason for both? Should Democrats win out in their crusade to eliminate single-family zoning, America is in danger of becoming an increasingly feudal country—a nation of permanent renters to corporate landlords.

The city of Minneapolis offers us a dire warning about the rise of alarming left-wing ideas and trends that eventually circulate throughout the entire nation. Every American—and every conservative in particular—should recognize the left’s movement to abolish residential single-family neighborhoods for what it is and do everything in our power to oppose it while we still can.

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Laurie Goodson
Laurie Goodson
2 years ago

Is Joe Biden going to give up his home when he is done playing president?

Karen Barger
Karen Barger
2 years ago

Is Pelosi going to give up her mansion?

Cynthia Schiller
Cynthia Schiller
2 years ago

Are they building affordable housing in Pelosi, Schumer, Harris and Biden’s communities??????

Todd Wagner
Todd Wagner
2 years ago

Agenda 21?

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 years ago

Death Wish time, Vigilante time for area

PaulE
PaulE
2 years ago

Democrats tried ramming this through in Westchester County a few years back under Obama, but thankfully the Trump administration stepped in to put a stop to it before any significant damage could be done. Now the current reconciliation bill in the House of Representatives contains all the necessary language to make this destructive Democrat housing policy a national standard in all communities. When Democrats talk of “fundamentally changing the United States” they mean doing so on several levels. This is just one piece of the overall plan.

Na Ben
Na Ben
2 years ago

Let them start in their own neighborhoods. Let them be blessed with crime, filth, drugs.

jocko
jocko
2 years ago

ONLY ONE SURE WAY TO STOP THE CANCEROUS, ANTI-AMERICAN, RACIST, LYING, CHEATING, libs AND IT’S NOT WITH ELECTIONS

jocko
jocko
2 years ago

SEGREGATE, STAT

Susabella
Susabella
2 years ago

They better not mess with my home town, Edina. We lived on Minnehaha Creek, and it was a wonderful place to grow up. My family left in 1956 with my Dad saying it was to get away from Hubert Humphrey and the “Farmer Labor Party” – the Democrats back then.

Mlars01
Mlars01
2 years ago

It’s in the UN Agenda 2030 goal 11. Follow agenda 2030 and you’ll see most of the framework that the socialist insurgents are operating under.

file:///C:/Users/Mike/AppData/Local/Temp/21252030%20Agenda%20for%20Sustainable%20Development%20web-3.pdf

anna hubert
anna hubert
2 years ago

They are only following the script.To destroy capitalism you must abolish private property first. In Minneapolis they better not forget to build the friendly neighborhood mosques

Gen. Patton
Gen. Patton
2 years ago

Our clueless WOKE Socialist Democratic Party with another moronic idea.

Rik
Rik
2 years ago

Sounds Great! . . . When can I move into Obama’s, Hillary’s and Jackass Joe’s neighborhood??? . . . When do Republicans start educating the People that THERE IS NO MIDDLE CLASS IN SOCIALISM/COMMUNISM? . . . 98% of the People will be poor and 2% will be rich and guess who that will be? . . . Certainly Not You or Me!

Sharon Ormsby
Sharon Ormsby
2 years ago

So very, very sad. Minneapolis used to be such a nice place. I remember visiting it in the eighties. Beautiful city. The people were extremely RUDE, in a beautiful hotel, and throughout the city, much to my surprise, but the area was extremely beautiful. Truly awful what lawlessness and a lack of moral character will do to people. You would think that people would want to make each other better, not worse. Suburbs make people better. You can always find a place for your pets there, a place to garden, play soccer for your children, better schools.

Scott Berg
Scott Berg
2 years ago

The act of urbanization has been going on for the last 50 years” I don’t see why anyone is surprised that’s been their stated goal for as long as I can remember, it covered an entire section in agenda 21 and moving forward to agenda 2030 it is wholeheartedly emphasized” this is what happens when the citizens of this country get fat and happy and stop paying attention ~

Tim Toroian
Tim Toroian
2 years ago

Build some cheap houses schmuck! Private isn’t going to so hire some overpriced union people and build some.
I’ve wondered at what altitude they intend to citify.

Myrna
Myrna
2 years ago

Is the Muslim representative an indicator that Minnesota is increasingly Muslim. The experience in France was that Muslims who moved in did not want to blend with the French. They insisted on occupying. The pull out of Afghanistan and importing Afghans with democrats in office may foreshadow the same problem for the United States.

Ron Seamans
Ron Seamans
2 years ago

Interesting: one need only to replace two letters and reposition to transform the word “ENVY” to get EVIL

Lourdes
Lourdes
2 years ago

rdesogv wanting to fix a problem created by gov.

Allan Brem
Allan Brem
2 years ago

When they begin to populate rural areas it comes time to worry even more.

Stephen Lykins
Stephen Lykins
2 years ago

Until EVERY politician’s mansion is converted to affordable apartments, they need to keep their noses out of the rest of our business!

radmat
radmat
2 years ago

If packing the population more densely actually worked, big cities would be a haven of harmony and joy. Instead, they are increasingly becoming cesspools of hate and discontent. I haven’t seen any news covering the riots, looting and destruction in suburban areas. Nope, seems it’s an inner city thing. Those are the people being packed densely into housing controlled by government and rent hungry landlords. Maybe it’s time that we raze those complexes and replaced them with more suburbs and parks instead of concrete and steel containers. Give people affordable homes instead of gigantic palaces and you will find that they are happier than they are stuffed in to tiny boxes made of ticky-tacky, stacked like rats in a maze listening to their neighbors bicker and fight, feeling the footsteps of the folks on the next floor while being awakened every time the people next door flush the toilet. Space is freedom, a tiny cell is prison.

Carol
Carol
2 years ago

Another program to force folks under the control of the elites in this country! The corporate landlord raises the rent, the tenant can’t pay, they are forced out, and now more homeless or will tent cities pop up all over the landscape? More poverty, less freedom, and America ceases to be America but now becomes the Amerika – another socialist utopian failure!

Phyl
Phyl
2 years ago

Puppet Biden and his puppeteers are going too far. This needs to be stopped.

Tom
Tom
2 years ago

The plan of the NEW WORLD ORDER, the blue bloods,the CFR, the U.N., the Bilderbergs.

HocasPocas
HocasPocas
2 years ago

Would that opposition go about the same way every other opposition has gone since November 2020?

Bob L.
Bob L.
2 years ago

Group people in smaller areas, preferably in high-rise housing where they HAVE to depend on supply chain provided food and other essential items so they can be more easily controlled by tightening the “chain”. We are seeing a little of that strategy right now.
Anyone remember the mysterious empty Chinese cities spotted in satellite photos about 20 years ago? The mystery was solved a few years ago when word leaked out of Red China that the government was forcing some rural people into those cities.

D.P.
D.P.
2 years ago

Why do people want a home? What makes that possible? In my life, establishing my own home was a goal that fired the effort to work hard, gain financial security, and, in the end buy a place of my choosing. It is one of those dreams most people aspire to. The concept of getting your own home is part of what many call “the American dream”. That idea that you can pull it all together and have a place you can call your own. The process is often hard, takes time and work and builds character as well as things like a good credit base, progressive savings and all the related things that mean you are a viable citizen and can surpass obstacles to reach that goal. Part of the support for this was and is the single housing zoning…along with all the attachments of mortgage banking and escrow and personal investment. To pull the zoning base out from under it all means government control right down to the choice of place, style, and design of one’s personal dwelling. To pursue that means the individual no longer has incentive to work, save, build and aspire for a better life….the destruction of what has been an underpinning of our culture and economy for generations. Granted, for some, for many even, because of a variety of reasons,, it is harder than for others. Be it, race, income, or other factors (laziness, lack of education, poor planning, etc)….still the goal can be reached. To have this all taken away is criminal. To have it “given to you” is a destructive venture, not unlike the system that says, “no need to work, I will subsidize your every need.” termed the “welfare or nanny state”…better defined as socialism. What is being driven is the prospect that no one has the right to property, and if you have property, it belongs to everyone else, all to be doled out by the government, as they see fit. In the end, the standard of life declines, the people remain controlled, and the desire to better one’s self is wiped out of existence. This is not the way. Zoning laws are the leverage that will be and are being used to destroy what we term the “middle class” thus relegating us to just two positions…those in power and those put in subjection of that power. That is firmly anti-American, culturally destructive and spells the end for the Republic. It is pure power grabbing politics.

Margie Fuller
Margie Fuller
2 years ago

It reminds me of “The Projects” that were tried in the 60s. They did not work out so well. Pride in ownership leads to taking better care of the property. We see this with the homes that are now rentals in our neighborhood.

Mary
Mary
2 years ago

Interesting! After living in an overcrowded city filled with row houses and blight, I figured this mindset has been the plan for decades. The only difference now, instead of houses being attached width-wise, they will be high rise style and low to middle income families will be packed in like sardines. Watch the movie, Idiocracy…this is a clear indication of what the future may bring if the liberal comatose people don’t wake up and get the Liberal Elite Communists out and anyone affiliated with them once and for all. This is our lives we are fighting for people!

Joearcher
Joearcher
2 years ago

College social psychology taught me about population overcrowding. When rats are given a lot of space to live, they live in relative harmony and peace. When they are overcrowded, they fight and kill each other. Humans are different than rats, but the social effects of overcrowding are similar. Reference:Calhoun JB. Population density and social pathology.
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/13875732
scholar.google.com/scholar_lookup
See also: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2636191/

Constant de Calonne
Constant de Calonne
2 years ago

OmG this news is eye opening! I’ve been following current events
My hypothesis is ;
Mr Soros and his entourage are Global manipulators !!!! His :OPEN SOCIETY CONCEPT has invaded America, our government INCLUDING OUR CONGRESS AND THE pathetic DEMOCRAT PARTY .AS WELL This self made multi billionaire is playing role of GLOBAL INFLUENCER AKA GLORIFIED DICTATOR!
It’s ALL ABOUT $$$$$ POWER AND CONTROL , Folks! Many many successful. American billionares ie B Gates , Bezos Zuckerberg, and numerous others are the same Some say they are donating to the poor ??? I View that explanation as a RUSE TO COVER UP their true sinister motives ITS ALL ABOUT POWER $$$$$$$ AND CONTROL! FOLKS
IS IT KING MIDAS SYNDROME$$$

Max
Max
2 years ago

Control, control, and control. Let’s put all of the eggs in one basket to keep an eye on you because there will be plants inside to keep tabs on you and what you do.

Skeptic
Skeptic
2 years ago

Developers who are able to buy up enough lots to build multi-unit housing are going to do so only if profit is involved. No low income housing will be built. This is all about a give-away to politically connected developers.

Wanda
Wanda
2 years ago

This is what you get when you vote for a Democommunist. You deserve what you get

Elysummers
Elysummers
2 years ago

What about the fact that there will be far less people paying property taxes? How do the counties get funds for schools, roads, bridges, etc.?

Larry W.
Larry W.
2 years ago

The correct approach for affordable housing is to create millions of real jobs like Trump did and let people WORK for their living. But the Democratic party’s way is to “distribute” wealth. which takes from the working and gives it to others whether they work or not. I don’t care what they call it, it’s socialism. It has never worked and it will never work. Taking away the incentive to work along with “give away” programs is a sure way to kill productivity and eliminate the middle class. One of the biggest problems with our government is the politicians that push these kinds of programs don’t understand and don’t care because none of them are middle class.

Judy
Judy
2 years ago

‘ONE’ of the only ways to stop the advancement of this Communist regime in our country is, if 100,000,000 Americans marched on Washinton DC. The media would go wild and there would be no way these demon Marxists could stop it, especially the way they would like to, by wiping us all out, because this nation would be seen in the world as committing the largest scale of genocide ever seen, other than the holocaust committed against the Jews, while the media covers it all! The other way to fight against this is for Americans to repent and turn back to the Lord and then Pray with all their might in the Spirit of Christ.
Period!!

Eddie Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen
2 years ago

Millions of people ( of some MEANS ) are leaving metro areas for fear of what is coming. Many have predicted that the civil war WILL break out in those ( metro ) areas across the nation. Retirees of all ages are buying homes at record setting prices in SAFE areas away from the big cities and surrounding suburbs. They are afraid of what they see. What were once safe neighborhoods are now gang infested “combat zones.”

J. Farley
J. Farley
2 years ago

This is a bunch of BS, these kinds of laws are forcing you to make your neighborhood to eventually, become no better than intercity, but you know what, people will set on their back sides and not do anything about it. Just follow the arrow the slaughter is this way.

Tomas
Tomas
2 years ago

They can call it whatever they want but I’ve lived and policed areas where similar actions have been implemented. Al it does is ruin good neighborhoods. Speaking from personal experience, the crime rate goes up, many residents move out and slowly but surely a once good neighborhood becomes a part of the “statistics” involving crime and drugs. Maybe these politicians should put these low income buildings in their own neighborhoods and let their children and grandchildren attend school with the children from these low income neighborhoods. Hmmmm, even the most left of the left don’t send their kids to these schools. People have to stop living in a fairy tale land. You can call it racism but the truth is that blacks in America are responsible for the overwhelmingly amount of violent crime in the US. That is a fact. We have to stop trying to blame racism for this behavior. It is something that needs to be addressed through education. Simply sticking your head in the sand and pretending that it isn’t true is never going to fix the problem. It is only creating more victims. The first step in fixing a problem….. is admitting that there is problem.

Brenda
Brenda
2 years ago

If this is what is being pushed, FIRST change all zoning to multi-family in ALL the neighborhoods where the wealthy politicians and elites live, THEN build many apartment buildings all around them. See how they like the population and resource crush this will cause. Then, maybe, continue with the plans to make life miserable for all us poor and middling people.

Ray
Ray
2 years ago

We should tell all politicians they need to live within 20 miles of where they work.If they work in DC then they have to live there.It must be their primary residence not just where they are when in session.

Andy Henderson
Andy Henderson
2 years ago

I find it both hilarious and scary that the government created the affordable housing shortage with regulations that over reach and now they want to make it even worse with abolishing single-family zoning. Government and the people who run it will always manage ruin anything and everything and in the process, crap all over it.

Lynn
Lynn
2 years ago

Are these woke, socialist creeps who live behind gates and guarded buildings going to subdivide their lots? “Limousine Liberals” is what they are (quote attributed to Mario Proccacino in the late 1960s NYC). Still true today.

Conny
Conny
2 years ago

This is AGENDA 21 in motion.

CaRepub
CaRepub
2 years ago

By a show of hands, how many of you Democraps will be affected by your policies. How many of your large pieces of property will be rezoned to battle this “systemic racism”. When I see that happen I’ll be a lot more likely to think you really care about anyone besides yourselves. Which of course means I’ll never see that day. All this means is not only do we have to vote out the liars and crooks from the federal levels of government, but those that want to protect their communities at the local level need to eliminate those in their local city councils, school boards and other community controlling bodies from their positions. Until conservatives, Republicans and those that want to protect their individual freedoms get as proactive and “radicalized” as those that are attacking us, they will continue to march forward and trample our freedoms. Get active!

Luke
Luke
2 years ago

This is no surprise. Politicians are only interested in lining their own pockets. Why would they respect the taxpayer? We have no representation in Minnesota or anywhere else. Minneapolis/St.Paul is a sanctuary metro. Consequently, politicians there can do anything they please for whatever reason and spend any amount of money doing it. That, and they typically receive help from outside their purview. Remember. . .it was the Clintons, Obama’s, Mark Dayton, Franken, Klobuchar, Catholic Charities, Lutheran Brotherhood that brought Somali Muslims to District 5 – and we know how that turned out, eh Ilhan Omar? They hate America; they hate Minneapolis. Convince me that none of those people or organizations got BIG money for creating a social catastrophe in a Christian environment. I’m guessing that Muslims will be exempt from any law limiting THEIR family circumstances just like the fools that champion this kind of legislation.

William
William
2 years ago

Another bullshit far left agenda to make sure that Biden keeps Americans last!

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