I have never lived in Mumbai, where the average person consumes less floor space than an American prisoner.
Mumbai is India's most prosperous city, but in 2009, the average floor space consumption in Mumbai was merely 48 square feet.
The High Cost of Zoning Every day, about nine people die while traveling in Mumbai's overcrowded trains.
Many of them would have survived if Mumbai had taller buildings and fewer people would have to commute into the city.
Mumbai offers better living standards, though in many ways American prisoners are better off.
Mumbai tries to prevent such migrants from coming in without so much as imposing migration restrictions.
Nearly half the people in Mumbai live in slums, though they are not poor by Indian standards.
The average person in Mumbai has less floor space than an American prisoner.
The experience of Mumbai and Delhi with zoning regulations is merely illustrative.
In Mumbai, Delhi, and other Indian cities, the regulated FAR is nearly uniform even from commercial to residential areas.
So labor markets in Mumbai are fragmented, and the average commute is close to an hour.
Mumbai is the densest major city in the world, but in Mumbai's downtown, FAR is 1.33.
In 1964, urban planners decided to decongest Mumbai by restricting real estate development in the center.
Zoning regulations did not stop people from migrating to Mumbai.
Mumbai is one of the most geographically challenged cities in the world.
Two-third of the land at a 25…