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NIMBYs: The Rare Bipartisan Coalition in the United States

One thing liberals and conservatives can both agree on: opposition to development projects.
August 22, 2018, 6am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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An article by Emily Badger digs deeper into the nature of development opposition—sometimes known by its rallying cry of 'Not In My Back Yard'—to reveal a perhaps hypocritical, but bipartisan coalition.

The article builds from the recent public statements by Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson to support a change to federal fair housing rules: "Mr. Carson framed the idea in traditionally conservative terms: the logic of rolling back regulation. But conservative communities and Republican voters are among those who’ve pushed to tightly regulate development. Democrats have done the same. Nimbyism knows no party limits."

According to Badger, "studies show that homeowners of both parties support restricting development around them. And they do so in spite of their own ideologies — whether conservative voters might otherwise value free markets, or whether liberals value policies that aid the poor."

Badger goes on to explain many of the studies that finds evidence of development opposition among both political parties—revealing the rare political cause that transcends bipartisan politics.

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Published on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 in The New York Times
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