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District Judge Rules Dallas Suburb Practices Exclusionary Zoning

HeadlineAug 04, 2000

And this news from Governor Bush’s state of Texas. A federal judge has ruled that the predominately white Dallas suburb of Sunnyvale has been shutting out minorities and the poor for fifty years through illegal zoning laws. US District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer said the city’s one-acre minimum for residential lots and its 1971 ban on apartments were written to discriminate against minorities and that Sunnyvale itself was created because community leaders feared “residential development plan for black households.” The judge ordered officials to adopt new laws that would encourage development of apartments and low-income housing. He also ordered Sunnyvale to “take affirmative action to change its reputation as a municipality hostile to minorities.” Urban experts say the decision could set an important precedent in other American cities that practice exclusionary zoning.

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