Upzoning

YIMBY

What Is a YIMBY?

YIMBY, an acronym standing for "Yes In My Backyard," describes advocates who support housing development as a response to the outcomes of restrictive zoning and planning policies.

June 29, 2022 - James Brasuell

Eugene, Oregon

Eugene Approves ‘Missing Middle Housing’

The city council voted to approve an ordinance that will permit more middle housing types in single-family neighborhoods.

June 1, 2022 - KLCC

Aerial view of single-family homes in Atlanta, Georgia suburb

Voters Reject Atlanta-Area Cityhood Proposals

After local activists whipped up concerns about forced density to promote cityhood for three wealthy Atlanta suburbs, residents voted to remain in unincorporated Cobb County.

May 27, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

View of San Diego neighborhood

San Diego To Consider Upzoning in College Area

Local residents worry that city proposals to increase density will harm neighborhood character, while the city is touting ‘smart growth’ as the goal.

April 28, 2022 - NBC San Diego

Manhattan

New York’s New Head of City Planning Gives First Interview

Dan Garodnick, the new leader of the city’s planning department, outlines how the city plans to adjust zoning regulations to acknowledge changes in how and where people live and work.

April 21, 2022 - The Real Deal

California

California Cities Could Face a Zoning Reckoning

As the state toughens rules related to its housing allocation process, cities statewide may finally be forced to overhaul their zoning codes to ensure an adequate supply of housing at all affordability levels.

April 14, 2022 - Diana Ionescu

Mount Rainier

Tacoma Density Plan Moves to Phase Two

The Home in Tacoma plan would amend the city's zoning code to include more 'missing middle' housing types and encourage infill development.

April 7, 2022 - The Urbanist

Second Avenue Subway

Opinion: Second Avenue Subway Should Come With Zoning Changes

Increasing density in the neighborhoods surrounding the new subway stops would bring more affordable, transit-adjacent housing to East Harlem and boost ridership.

April 6, 2022 - Gotham Gazette

Street view in downtown Gainesville, Florida

Gainesville Weighs Inclusionary Zoning Proposal

The northern Florida city could follow others in removing barriers to building accessory dwelling units and multifamily buildings in neighborhoods zoned for single-family homes. Some local residents oppose the plan.

April 1, 2022 - The Gainesville Sun

Wisconsin State Capital

Wisconsin Coalition Releases Housing Affordability Toolkit

The guide outlines zoning reforms that can encourage affordable housing construction and increase density and walkability.

March 30, 2022 - Waunakee Tribune

New Updates on The Edge

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International Real Estate Strategies and Deal Negotiation

Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education

Affordable Housing: Principles for Changing Domestic and Global Markets

Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education

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