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Former San Diego Mayor Leaves Pro-Development Politics Behind for Recall Race

While Mayor of San Diego, Republican Kevin Faulconer made a name for himself as a prominently YIMBY politician. He's abandoned those views now that he's running for Gov. Gavin Newsom's spot in the state's recall race.

August 12, 2021 - Voice of San Diego


The 'Most Pro-Housing Reform in U.S. History' Expected for Approval Today in Portland

The Portland Residential Infill Project is expected for approval by the Portland City Council today, culminating a six year process that became more and more ambitious with every iteration.

August 12, 2020 - Sightline Institute

High-Rise Development

A Defense of 'Out of Scale' Buildings

Beauty is often known to break the rules.

July 24, 2020 - Strong Towns

Capitol Hill

The Federal YIMBY Act Makes Progress in the House

A federal bill intended to increase transparency in land use and zoning decisions as well as encourage localities to eliminate barriers to housing has advanced out of a House of Representative committee.

March 2, 2020 - Financial Services Republicans

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Vancouver Making Room for More Apartments

As a response to rising rental prices and low vacancy rates, Vancouver planners have created a package of zoning and process changes to provide incentives for new multi-family developments.

November 25, 2019 - The Vancouver Sun


Torrent of Pro-Housing Policies Could Overwhelm California's Planners

Ben Metcalf recently stepped down as director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development. His tenure coincided with adoption of aggressive new statewide policies. But are they too much of a good thing?

November 10, 2019 - California Planning & Development Report

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YIMBY Housing Policies Gain Support Among Democratic Candidates for President

A growing chorus of candidates seeking to challenge Donald Trump in 2020 are voicing support for the idea of relaxing zoning and land use restrictions to encourage the development of more housing supply in expensive U.S. cities.

July 31, 2019 - The Atlantic

Downtown Guthrie

The Demonization of Developers

Developers can be our friends, according to this article, as they have been before.

July 30, 2019 - The New York Times

Lake Michigan

'Yes in My Back Yard Act' Introduced in the U.S. Senate

U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Indiana) has introduced a new law that picks sides in the housing debate, though the law is unlikely to produce structural change in the development process the near future.

June 25, 2019 - Senator Todd Young

California State Capital

SB 827: Part 2

California State Senator Scott Wiener has released the highly anticipated follow up to last year's failed bombshell of a housing bill, SB 827.

December 4, 2018 - The San Diego Union-Tribune

British Columbia

Vancouver's Incoming Mayor Has an Ambitious Housing Agenda

Vancouver Mayor-elect Kennedy Stewart has made some big, ambitious promises when it comes to housing construction in the expensive city.

October 27, 2018 - The Globe and Mail

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Minneapolis Draft Comprehensive Plan Would Allow Fourplexes in Single-Family Neighborhoods

If the rezoning of single-family neighborhoods succeeds in Minneapolis as part of its ongoing Comprehensive Plan process, we could be looking at one of the most ambitious pro-development zoning schemes in the country.

March 12, 2018 - Minneapolis Star Tribune


A Pro-Housing Policy List of Your Wildest YIMBY Dreams

This list is a wishlist of the most ambitious possible YIMBY political platform.

January 14, 2018 - Urbanize LA

Additional Study Necessary for Seattle to Pass Accessory Dwelling Units Legislation

A recent ruling by the City Hearing Examiner is a setback—but not necessarily a permanent one—for the city's efforts to loosen regulations on accessory dwelling units.

December 19, 2016 - Seattle Met

Debate: YIMBY vs. Preservation in New York City

New York magazine recently convened a debate between two leading voices of an ongoing conversation in New York City: what to build and what to preserve.

May 14, 2015 - New York

Why New Yorkers Should Prepare for a de Blasio Building Boom

If you liked the pace of development during the Bloomberg administration, you're going to love Bill de Blasio. Development-related revenues will be necessary to fund the new mayor's priorities and inherited challenges explains Josh Barro.

November 7, 2013 - Business Insider

Does NYC Mayoral Front-Runner's Friendliness to Developers Betray His Message?

As New Yorkers prepare to vote in tomorrow's mayoral primaries, Democrat Bill de Blasio's "tale of two cities" critique of the Bloomberg years has resonated with voters. But when it comes to land use, do his policies promise more of the same?

September 9, 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

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