Having decided to vote consistently against zoning on every level, I looked up McCain’s and Obama’s residences in Phoenix (C-2 zone) and Chicago (RM-5) respectively and figured out how much could legally be built next door to them.
According to my research, it turns out that Obama’s next-door neighbor can legally build a 45-foot-tall condominium building with 108 housing units per acre, but no stores—and a domestic violence shelter would need a special permit. On the other hand, McCain’s next-door neighbor can only build about 25-feet high and only 43 housing units per acre, but can build stores or other commercial structures.
So unfortunately, it looks like a tossup, and I am still unsure whom I will vote for to be president—though I am offended that Obama would tolerate restrictions on domestic-violence shelters in his neighborhood, [something] I could not find anywhere in Phoenix.
For the record, it looks like Clinton’s neighbors in Chappaqua, N.Y., can only build single-family homes (RSLD) at about two housing units per acre, making her lifestyle by far the most elitist and sprawling of the Democratic finalists.
— Alan Ditmore