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During the boom developers agreed to throw in some affordable housing in exchange for building bigger, but now that they're opting out of the program, one urban policy analyst pitches making "inclusionary zoning" mandatory: "By making the program mandatory, developers will be more likely to build to the highest possible density. This promotes economic development (more construction jobs), helps the city address the severe housing shortage, and creates affordable housing opportunities. Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning would also mitigate neighborhood opposition to new rezonings. Instead of vague promises of affordable housing that might be created, residents will know that for every four new housing units, at least one will be affordable." [HuffPo]