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

Woodland Park, Colorado's park flying flags of all 50 states
Woodland Park, Colorado, where residents are proud to display state flags, but not so keen on affordable housing.

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.

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

Well, yes. Of course they will. Isn’t that the whole point? Density has become the name of the game everywhere. Everywhere, at least, except Woodland Park, according to local NIMBYites.

Communities worldwide are looking to develop strategies to increase housing density in neighbourhoods, not only to allow more affordable housing to be built, but also to curb the car-culture urban/suburban sprawl that is contributing carbon dioxide emissions to the world’s deepening climate crisis.

Alas, for those manning the battlements against Woodland Park development, the world’s perverse need for more people living in the same space — congestion — is nothing that a good snort into a handkerchief can’t cure.

Read how NIMBYites, with a careful choice of loaded words, have managed to demonize a tiny home development in Woodland Park, in The Mountain Jackpot News: Controversial Tiny Home Project Hits Roadblock


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