Why Everywhere Looks The Same

Many places seem to be losing their identity thanks to building codes and real estate capitalism. Coby Lefkowitz argues that the prevalence of box-shaped apartment buildings in American cities first started with standardized building codes — leading to similar-looking structures — but was exacerbated by zoning codes. The expensive land allocated for multi-family housing meant that the structures needed to be built cheaply to maximize profits, which meant using the same designs and the cheapest materials across cities. Read full article here

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