NIMBYs

November 2, 2017, 1pm PDT
Most planners have been there before: it's time to implement the goals of a newly approved Master Plan by rewriting the zoning code, and suddenly the public becomes outraged.
Greater Greater Washington
October 16, 2017, 10am PDT
A Minneapolis bike lane protest sets a new bar for opposition to bike lanes—Godwin's law was definitely in play.
Streetsblog USA
October 15, 2017, 9am PDT
The city of Long Beach's draft Land Use Element has provoked political forces that would like to cap the growth of the city.
Long Beach Press-Telegram
October 12, 2017, 6am PDT
A group of neighborhood activists are leading the charge against a planned development of tiny houses.
The Charlotte Observer
September 29, 2017, 8am PDT
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kinney is discovering on the job that planning is much easier than delivering when it comes to protected bike lanes—as is the case in many cities around the country.
PlanPhilly
September 11, 2017, 11am PDT
A one-woman crusade in San Jose, California has derailed transportation spending enabled by the voter approved funding package of Measure B.
The Mercury News
September 10, 2017, 5am PDT
A master plan for the redevelopment of Ford's former Twin Cities Assembly Plant, set on 122 acres along the Mississippi River in St. Paul, is challenged by controversy.
Star Tribune
August 31, 2017, 12pm PDT
The controversy over a proposed eight-story condo development in Toronto embroiled author Margaret Atwood this week.
Toronto Star
August 29, 2017, 12pm PDT
While strict, suburban-style regulations often get a bad rap for the lack of housing in high demand cities, the red tape and other obstacles that delay development could be the worst culprit.
Sightline Institute
August 23, 2017, 2pm PDT
Redondo Beach, located in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County, is responding to public outcry by halting all mixed-use projects in the city. Meanwhile, an advisory committee is working on the city's first new General Plan in 25 years.
Daily Breeze
August 22, 2017, 8am PDT
A 35-year-old law is not living up to its moniker, the 'anti-NIMBY law'. A bill co-sponsored by a group associated with the YIMBY movement would fine cities $10,000 per housing unit if they fail to comply with the law.
The Mercury News
August 10, 2017, 5am PDT
There are two fundamental flaws with the emergent "YIMBY" approach to planning and development politics, according to this article in an influential magazine of the American left.
Jacobin
August 1, 2017, 8am PDT
Dan Walters, one of the most well known and longest tenured journalists and observers of California politics, has penned a scathing critique of Marin County's approach to growth.
CALmatters
August 1, 2017, 6am PDT
Montgomery County's plan for Bethesda calls for height bonuses in return for affordable housing. Residents neighboring the proposed incentive zones have successfully resisted that idea.
Greater Greater Washington
July 26, 2017, 11am PDT
The city of Santa Monica increased in population by 6,500 between 1960 and 2010, while the rest of Los Angeles County grew by 60 percent over the same period. A debate over a new downtown plan that includes more housing was never going to be simple.
Los Angeles Times
July 25, 2017, 12pm PDT
The city of San Jose has a mixed record of moving forward with land use changes that complement its existing and expanding transit systems.
The Mercury News
July 20, 2017, 12pm PDT
The Los Angeles Times published a pair of incendiary articles this week in which coffee plays an integral role in the conversation about gentrification.
Los Angeles Times
July 19, 2017, 7am PDT
The CodeNext project of updating the city of Austin's zoning code and land use policies has faced a controversial and protracted period of public scrutiny. The Allandale neighborhood provides a case study.
Austin American-Statesman
July 18, 2017, 8am PDT
Venice, the famously picturesque neighborhood in Los Angeles, has become a poster child for wealthy urban enclave that has closed its doors to development and new residents—despite a strong local economy.
Fox Business
Blog post
July 11, 2017, 10am PDT
Some argue that neighborhoods will be willing to accept new housing as long as it is high quality; this argument overlooks a wide variety of other objections to new housing.
Michael Lewyn