I’m a Mexican-American attorney and architect originally from Houston and living in Connecticut. As a professor at UConn Law School, I’ve written two books on historic preservation law and a book and treatise on land use law, among other things. As the chair of Hartford’s Planning & Zoning Commission, I helped to entirely rewrite the zoning code to ensure future development was compatible with historic districts, and to promote environmental sustainability. Hartford recently became the first city in the country to completely eliminate all minimum parking requirements, which too often thwarts development in historic neighborhoods. I also chair Preservation Connecticut (formerly the CT Trust for Historic Preservation), the nonprofit statewide affiliate of the National Trust.