NIMBY

If You Don't Want An Apartment, Don't Have One

One of my favorite political slogans (more because of its catchiness than because of its wisdom)* is "If You Don't Want An Abortion, Don't Have One."  It occurs to me that this slogan would be quite appropriately adapted to an urbanist context.  In response to NIMBY attacks on compact deve... read more »

The Infrastructure Argument Against Infill

One common (if vague) argument against upzoning and infill development is that infrastructure in place X (wherever the proposed development is) will somehow be overwhelmed by more important.  When I see this argument I want to ask: 1.  What infastructure are you talking about? 2.  How... read more »

Documenting NIMBYism

Because much of the literature on anti-density "exclusionary zoning" involves suburbs, you might think that cities tend to favor development and density.  But according to a recent paper by Vicki Been of NYU Law, this is not the case.  The study examines rezonings proposed by the New York ... read more »

Against "Community Character"

In an interesting article entitled "The Case for Listening to NIMBYs", Kaid Benfield mentions "that municipal planners would benefit by being more sensitive to building types that fit well with existing neighborhood character."  He writes that pro-infill planners should encourage such infill ... read more »

zoning budgets- one way to keep NIMBYism under control

Roderick Hills and David Schleicher, two law professors, have proposed one way to limit NIMBY-inspired downzonings: a "zoning budget."  Specifically, they propose that cities require every downzoning to be matched by an upzoning somewhere else, so that the city's "budget" was always balanced.&n... read more »

Kaid Benfield's Switchboard Covers Anti-Transit TOD

In a recent post at the NRDC Switchboard, Kaid Benfield discusses the travesty of a well-planned community rejecting transit. At King Farm in suburban D.C., an award-winning new urbanism master planned community has been created over the years, complete with all the bells and whistles. ... read more »

The Rise of YIMBY Environmentalism: a Personal Journey for Earth Day

Recently, I attended the annual conference of the American Planning Association, where I was invited to speak. ... read more »

Smart growth must become more demanding, more community-oriented, and greener (literally)

Is it any wonder that neighbors continue to oppose density (oops, I meant "compact development") when what we have been giving them is lousy? We smart growth advocates have gotten lazy. ... read more »

CNU XV Blog, Part 8: the NIMBY veto

At a panel of developers, someone pointed out that several cities had neighborhood planning boards, and that they were "institutionalized NIMBYism."* I knew that Washington and Atlanta have neighborh ... read more »