If you really, really want to know: https://www.amazon.com/Zoning-Rules-Economics-Land-Regulatio...
For transportation, look for the work of:
For land use look at works by:
I have also just recently come across the blog of Minneapolis planning commissioner Nick Magrino, but his head seems to be in the right place.
Be wary of any bullshit about the future being in autonomous vehicles.
William Fischel describes how covenants are complementary to zoning in Zoning Rules!: “For a homeowner to alter the conditions of the covenant to allow, say, a home business office, would normally require unanimous written consent of all those subject to the covenant.” By contrast, changing the zoning only requires a majority of citizen residents, not unanimity of property owners.
It’s good that California law (Gov. Code 12956.2) allows owners to unilaterally strike exclusionary language from their deed. But other exclusionary language that doesn’t happen to discriminate against protected classes remains very difficult to modify. I hope California can one day adopt policies that allow a city to strike other exclusionary language (such as prohibitions on apartments or multiple families living on one lot) without requiring unanimity from the HOA.
It's striking how few affordable housing discussions have a historical view of the issue!
By the way, there is much heat in discussions about housing prices and urban development, but very little light and much misunderstanding. A good rule of thumb is simple: If you don't see any reliable sources being cited, there's a good chance that the assertions aren't true or don't encapsulate the most important parts of the supply-demand picture.