NIMBY

NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard), is a political weapon wielded by individuals, neighbourhoods and their political sponsors against community incomers, private developers and various levels of government

The Many Colours of NIMBY: Keeping It Green For Everyone

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In our little series of posts covering NIMBY attitudes, there are two elephants in the room, one 'good,' the other 'bad,' which we seldom talk about.

Is An Oregon Park Upkeep Proposal Really An Attack on Affordable Housing?

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Leaf-shaded walks, flower beds in profusion, well stocked duck ponds: how does such an admirably eco-minded beautification plan get affordable housing activists calling 'fowl?' The answer lies in a proposed...

Sydney, AU: Is There A Happy Medium For Affordable Housing Density?

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So, how long before a first rate city that can attract only second rate talent diminishes to a second rate city? Sydney Australia hovers close to the top of many...

Bloomington, III, Conference Hears Solution to ALL NIMBY Problems

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At a recent conference, Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY) advocates have been given a preview of the ultimate NIMBY solution. Up until now, NIMBY protesters have voiced their opposition...

The Many Colours of NIMBY: Musical Houses — NIMBY Goes Statewide

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Hats off to a Colorado landlord for thinking big. Read about a man who, in the face of housing crises across the country, wants to call the entire state his backyard and simply limit the number of houses allowed to be built in there every year.

Tory Solution For UK Housing Sickness: Take Two Storeys And Call Us In The Morning

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What might those most concerned about affordable housing have expected from the recent Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, held in the shadow of a crash-out Brexit powered by a...

The Many Colours of NIMBY: Congestion, The Neighbourhood Head Cold

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Why should citizens get involved in Woodland Park, Colorado housing development? Because otherwise " . . .these crowded, congested developments will pop up everywhere."

The Many Colours of Nimby, Hearsay Edition: Sacrificial Seniors Lure Jackals

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Well, we've sunk so low as to offer up a hearsay NIMBY. We'd rather not, of course, but in this case ...

The Many Colours of NIMBY: The Soul-Sapping Indignity Of Snow Shovelling For Others

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We've been remiss at affordablehousingaction.org. We've lately been suggesting that new kinds of NIMBY neighbourhood defences have been few and far between. In fact, we have simply been neglecting them, tied up as they are in news reports of one or another squabble between neighbourhood residents and city councils.

The Many Colours of NIMBY: Ben Carson’s Popup Brothels

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We have an entertaining NIMBY-in-waiting for your consideration today, courtesy of none other than the head of America's Department of Housing and Urban Development himself, Ben Carson.

Topsy Turvy San Jose Neighbours: Prioritizing Car Shelter Over People Shelter

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It's nice to imagine that somewhere in the world, a group of concerned neighbours might get together to protest a new parking lot, on the grounds that the extra...

The Many Colours Of NIMBY: The Call Of The Wild

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For those determined to man the neighbourhood battlements against change, any and all weapons are used to stave off development plans which alter the 'neighbourhood character.'

Affordable? Workforce? Madison Developers Have Cake, Choke While Eating

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Pity those poor housing developers, bamboozled by their own bamboozlement. As always, preparing to meet NIMBYites who man the neighbourhood ramparts, developers take up righteous sword and prepare to...

American East Coast Liberalism, A Dogma For Preaching, Not Practice

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Let's take a most 'Christian' (supposedly charitable) interpretation of a certainly-Christian teaching: 'Ye shall know them by their deeds.' (Mathew 7:16). Use it as a lens with which to...

NIMBYite Baby Boomers Go Out With A Bang, Not A Whimper

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"Affordable Housing? How quaint. Of course. Only take it somewhere else. Otherwise I personally guarantee to shove your XXXX up your YYYY until you bleed buckets and scream for...

Why Can’t California Super-Government Pass Affordable Housing Crisis Bills?

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In California, the Democratic Party owns veto-resistant super-majorities in both houses of congress, together with the governorship. American governments just don't get any more powerful than this! And yet, faced...

Bedtime Stories: Affordable Housing And ‘The Little Engine That Could’

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The beating drums of housing industry lobbyists thunder on incessantly, drumming the industry's idea of good sense into the beleaguered brains of city councils worldwide. One example: it only...

North American Housing Industry Slow To Respond To Affordable Rental Demand

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After the sub-prime mortgage blowout in 2008, there were uncountable housing evictions. As well, many homeowners stretched beyond the limit of their resources abandoned their underwater mortgages (more money...

Gaaah! IAHIMBY! (It’s All Happening In My Back Yard!)

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There is a remarkable worldwide agreement amongst Defenders of the Neighbourhood Faith. All sooner or later discover that they must erect verbal battlements around their modest homesteads and those...

The Many Colours Of NIMBY: ‘Unsavoury’ Seniors

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NIMBY: Not in My Back Yard. Part of an ongoing collection of articles exploring some of the many ways that a worldwide affordable housing crisis is opposed. Well, of course...

Get Out Your Wallets, NIMBYites! Here Comes Affordable Housing Cap-And-Trade

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All right, all right, there's no need to panic yet, neighbourhood Chicken Littles. The sky is not falling, nor has affordable housing cap-and-trade invaded your exclusive housing corner of...

The Many Colours of NIMBY: My Back Yard is The Entire Planet!

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NIMBY: Not in My Back Yard. Part of an ongoing collection of articles exploring some of the many ways that a worldwide affordable housing crisis is opposed. From North Vancouver,...

Upzoning: What Is It? How Will It Help Build More Affordable Housing?

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Upzoning is a convenient way to describe a zoning change that increases the density of housing within an existing residential zone. There are a limited number of ways that urban...

San Jose Neighbourhood NIMBY: Keep The Schools, Lose The Teachers

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San Jose, California is looking to retain teachers in a community where teachers are increasingly unable to afford housing. The school district's long term solution? Follow in the footsteps...

The Many Colours of Nimby: Jack And The Four-plex Stalk. Or, Towers That Block The Sun

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NIMBY: Not in My Back Yard. Part of an ongoing collection of articles exploring some of the many ways that a worldwide affordable housing crisis is opposed. With space for...

The Many Colours of NIMBY: Children And Neighbours Are Not Safe

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NIMBY: Not in My Back Yard. Part of an ongoing collection of articles exploring some of the many ways that a worldwide affordable housing crisis is opposed. A new national...

Affordable Housing: Can A City Be Both An Advocate And An Honest Broker?

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Edmonton, Alberta likes the idea of doing its own online video channel to promote the programs that City Council has approved. However, a recent opinion piece in the Edmonton Journal uses...

The Many Colours of NIMBY: More Affordable Housing Causes Sloth Explosion

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NIMBY: Not in My Back Yard. Part of an ongoing collection of articles exploring some of the many ways that a worldwide affordable housing crisis is opposed.

The Many Colours Of NIMBY: Melons And Chickens Explain Why Affordable Housing Is Unnecessary

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NIMBY: Not in My Back Yard. Part of an ongoing collection of articles exploring some of the many ways that a worldwide affordable housing crisis is opposed.

The Many Colors of NIMBY: Somewhere Between Sparse And Clogged, Our Density Is To Die For

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NIMBY: Not in My Back Yard. Part of an ongoing collection of articles exploring some of the many ways that a worldwide affordable housing crisis is opposed.

The Many Colors of NIMBY: Affordable Housing IS needed, Just Not Here

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NIMBY: Not in My Back Yard. Part of an ongoing collection of articles exploring some of the many ways that a worldwide affordable housing crisis is opposed.

Wealthy, Isolated Whistler, BC Implements PLIMBY (Please, In My Back Yard)

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Someone wants to build affordable housing in Whistler? There will be no NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) here. NIMBY doesn't work when there is only your back yard....

Major California Housing Bill Dies In First Committee Hearing

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California, liberal as it may be, is ground zero for activist NIMBYites. They have made it difficult or impossible for communities to make progress in the face of both...

Not Appreciated: Minneapolis NIMBYites Attack The Affordable Four-Plex

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NIMBY: Not in My Back Yard. Part of an ongoing collection of articles exploring some of the many ways that a worldwide affordable housing crisis is opposed.

Is ‘Neighborhood Character’ A NIMBY Weapon Whose Days Are Numbered?

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Not in my back yard! But why? The character of the neighborhood will be destroyed by . . . those buildings . . . those people . . . their traffic...

Unholy Partnership Of ‘NIMBY + Environmental Review’ Proves Toxic To Speedy Affordable Housing Development

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Developers and Local Government alike are fond of blaming each other for lengthy delays in the planning of housing projects. In the United Kingdom, a Government draft proposal is...

Opinion: Solving The Affordable Housing Crisis Requires Bad Planning

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We take our hats off to the commitment, enthusiasm and admirable intentions of Mayor Michele Martinez, Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Santa Ana, Orange County, California and...

At U.S. Homeless Ground Zero, NIMBY-Busting Legislation May Finally Toughen

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If a homelessness crisis and an affordable housing crisis is likened to a bomb falling on an American state, then California is ground zero of a nuclear explosion. 'California—no fixed...

The Many Colors Of NIMBY: Bigly-Bad And Just Too In-Tents — A NIMBY Twofer

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NIMBY: Not in My Back Yard. Part of an ongoing collection of articles exploring some of the many ways that a worldwide affordable housing crisis is opposed.

Frank Gehry: Almost An Affordable Housing Prophet In His Own Country

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Skeptical neighbours of a man hailed as "the greatest architect of our time" put Frank Gehry once again through the NIMBY wringer. He was promoting a revised Santa Monica urban...

The Many Colors of NIMBY: Entitled People

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NIMBY: Not in My Back Yard. Part of an ongoing collection of articles exploring some of the many ways that a worldwide affordable housing crisis is opposed.

Affordable Teaching, Unaffordable Learning

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Assisting teachers into affordable housing has been considered a necessity for San Mateo Community Colleges in San Mateo, California. But these institutions are becoming aware of a small catch...

The Many Colors Of NIMBY: The Neighbourhood Character

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NIMBY: Not in My Back Yard. Part of an ongoing collection of articles exploring some of the many ways that a worldwide affordable housing crisis is opposed.

NIMBY And The Modern, Mean-Spirited, Often Enormous Back Yard

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This Affordable Housing Action blog has adopted the notion of neighbourhoods that span continents and oceans in a global megacity, where we may be able to benefit by peering over...

Ghetto-busters: Project Towers… Nope. Section 8 Subsidies… Nope. So Federal Judge Orders ‘Plan C’

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Opportunity: an elusive, unattainable dream for those trapped in poverty-stricken inner city neighbourhoods which are predominantly black. Opportunity? Opportunity to live in good neighbourhoods, send children to good schools,...

The Many Colors Of Nimby: Traffic Jams

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NIMBY: Not in My Back Yard. Part of an ongoing collection of articles exploring some of the many ways that a worldwide affordable housing crisis is opposed.
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