How to Make NIMBYs Part of the Solution

A look at how to program social equity into the planning process, and balance NIMBY concerns with collective goals, by Howard Blackson, leader of AVRP SkyPort Studios Urban Design practice in San Diego.

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October 2, 2017, 8:00 AM PDT

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NIMBYISM, i.e., self-interest and the fear of change, is obstructing the development of affordable housing, transit, and more livable communities. However, more rather than less inclusion of NIMBYs is the better strategy. A plethora of new planning tools aid in this strategy. Achieving the optimum balance between self-interests and collective needs is necessary for progress, writes Howard Blackson, leader of AVRP SkyPort Studios Urban Design practice in San Diego. Professional planning ethics, as stated by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), prescribe such balance. Planning for mobility, transit oriented development, and complete streets is the best place to achieve such balance. Additionally, process is as important as design, and design principles are as important as process and design.  They are both necessary elements of a balanced approach, concludes Blackson. For more detail, see the source article. 

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