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Houston: A 'No Zoning' Zone

Houston is the only big American city that doesn't have zoning. (sarath_kuchi/Flickr)
Houston is the only big American city that doesn't have zoning. (sarath_kuchi/Flickr)

While Houston may look in many ways like other big cities, a closer look will reveal some differences. It’s the only big city in America that doesn’t have zoning. And that’s led to some unusual development in surprising places.

But while Houston may have a reputation for freewheeling sprawl, city officials say there are rules in place, but just with a different philosophy for managing urban growth. Gail Delaughter from Here & Now’s contributor Houston Public Media reports.

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