Richard Kahlenberg

Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, is author of The Remedy: Class, Race, and Affirmative Action and coauthor (with Halley Potter) of "A Better Affirmative Action: State Universities that Created Alternatives to Racial Preferences."

Recent Articles

Taking on Class and Racial Discrimination in Housing

Cory Booker’s big idea to rein in exclusionary zoning

Zoning laws are not usually the stuff of which presidential campaigns are made. But Senator Cory A. Booker, who is often talked about as a presidential contender, says bad zoning laws are making housing more segregated and less affordable, and he has just introduced legislation to do something about it. Booker was born in Washington, D.C., one year after the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act. That legislation, which outlawed racial discrimination in the sale and rental of housing, helped make it possible for Booker’s parents, African American executives, to become the first black family to reside in Harrington Park, New Jersey, an affluent white community outside of Newark with strong public schools. Those schools helped launch Booker to Stanford, Oxford, Yale Law and beyond. But as a child Booker quickly became aware that a single law couldn’t wipe out entrenched inequalities of housing opportunity. He visited relatives living in predominantly black communities, he...