The Zoning of America: Euclid v. Ambler

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When the Cleveland suburb of Euclid first zoned its land in 1922, the Ambler Realty Company was left with a sizable tract it could no longer sell for industrial use-and so the company sued. What emerged was the seminal zoning case in American history, pitting reformers against private property advocates in the Supreme Court and raising the question of whether a municipality could deny property owners the right to use their land however they chose. Michael Wolf's compelling account makes it clear that Euclid v. ...
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Overview

When the Cleveland suburb of Euclid first zoned its land in 1922, the Ambler Realty Company was left with a sizable tract it could no longer sell for industrial use-and so the company sued. What emerged was the seminal zoning case in American history, pitting reformers against private property advocates in the Supreme Court and raising the question of whether a municipality could deny property owners the right to use their land however they chose. Michael Wolf's compelling account makes it clear that Euclid v. Ambler fundamentally altered the way our cities and suburbs are organized and cast a long shadow over subsequent cases such as the controversial Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. New London (2005).

About the Author:
Michael Allan Wolf is Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law and professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law

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Table of Contents


Editors' Preface     ix
Preface     xi
Caught in a Snowstorm     1
Surveying and Populating the Western Reserve     8
On the Road to Zoning     17
From Gotham to Hamlet: Zoning Comes to Euclid     32
Defending a Plan for the Village of Euclid     57
Judgment Day     94
The Immediate Aftermath     121
Confronting the Consequences of Zoning in Action     135
Return to Euclid     156
Relevant Cases     167
Chronology     171
Bibliographical Essay     175
Index     181
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