Under his guidance, the federal government will withhold Housing and Urban Development grants if suburbs don’t salute, deciding their future instead of local governments. Single-family zoning will likely disappear. Business districts will be built. There will be more mass transit and restrictions on uses of autos. High-density apartment buildings will be constructed. A major objective: Bring in minorities and poor people from cities even though they are already there.
The concoction flows from the Fair Housing Act of 1968 outlawing segregation and, in 2015, resulting in an Obama administration regulation, something called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing. It was a super-radical piece of social engineering requiring no evidence of discrimination in pushing ahead. Its advocates said suburbs were too expensive and that the way they were built has had racist consequences that regulatory transformation would obliterate. In a real-world demonstration in Westchester County, N.Y., the scheme was more a nightmare than a dream. President Donald Trump got rid of it. Biden wants it back.