America’s Ugly Strip Malls Were Caused By Government Regulation
Scott Beyer, Forbes
There is a common architectural language that I've found while traveling America. Major roadways turn into strip malls fronted with parking lots and endless stretches of chain retail. These strip-mall arterials exist nationwide . The common wisdom is that they result from "the market," as monuments to American capitalism and consumerism. But that is a big fat myth—they have been forced into existence by government regulations.
Indeed, many of the regulations that prevent livelier downtown areas also harm the potential of low-density, outlying, suburban ones, by mandating that retail stay confined into this strip mall model. Below is a list of these regulations, which are enforced to various degrees across America, explaining the uniform look of our municipalities from coast to coast.
- Single Use Zoning
- Minimum Parking Requirements
- Setback Requirements
- Density Limits
–Scott Beyer, America’s Ugly Strip Malls Were Caused By Government Regulation
Forbes (August 26, 2016)