Nolan Gray

M. Nolan Gray is the Research Director for California YIMBY and an expert in urban land-use regulation. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. Gray previously worked as a planner in New York City, where he worked on the front lines of zoning. Gray is a widely published author, with work appearing in outlets such as The Atlantic, Bloomberg Citylab, and The Guardian. He lives in Los Angeles, California, and is originally from Lexington, Kentucky.

Courses taught by Nolan Gray

Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix it

Nolan Gray presents the complex history of zoning regulation, showing how major legislative decisions led to the country's current state of car reliance, sprawl, and inequity. Now, zoning reform is in the air. But why stop at mere reform?

67 Mins

Making Room for Home-Based Businesses

In this crash course on home-based businesses, Nolan Gray explores how reducing zoning regulations could help revitalize communities and encourage entrepreneurship across the country.

46 Mins