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Arlington Heights v. Metropolitan Housing Corp.

Significance, Residential Zoning In Arlington Heights, Intent Versus Effect, Impact, Further Readings


The Village of Arlington Heights, Illinois


Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation and several individual residents

Petitioner's Claim

That a decision to deny rezoning on land owned by Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation was not racially motivated in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and conformed to the 1968 Fair Housing Act.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

F. Willis Caruso

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Jack M. Siegel

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger, Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (writing for the Court), William H. Rehnquist, Potter Stewart

Justices Dissenting

William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Byron R. White (John Paul Stevens did not participate)


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

11 January 1977


Ruled in favor of Arlington Heights by reversing a lower court decision and refusing to issue an injunction against a rezoning decision, but sent the case back to the lower courts for further deliberation.

Related Cases

  • Euclid v. Ambler Realty Co., 272 U.S. 365 (1926).
  • Washington v. Davis, 426 U.S. 229 (1976).

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