Supermarkets Adopt Political Tactics To Counter Local Opponents

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March 11, 2006 Financial Times Supermarkets and property developers have borrowed techniques from political campaigning for their battles against people trying to block their plans. Planning issues were at the centre of the Office of Fair Trading’s announcement this week that it was threatening Tesco and other supermarkets with a full-scale Competition Commission investigation. Supermarkets Adopt Political Tactics To Counter … Read More

Wal-Marts still get Americans worked up

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December 10, 2006 Chicago Tribune I’m having a garage sale on top of my desk. Here’s what I think I need to get rid of: Big boxes are great–over there The NIMBY concept (“Not in my back yard”) as it pertains to development has been around a long time; now a political consultant for developers has quantified it. That is: … Read More

The reason the affluent move away

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December 7, 2006 Fort Worth Star-Telegram It’s a common enough scenario: A family moves to Arlington, works, prospers, prospers some more, and then just as Mom and Dad start making really serious money, they move to an upscale municipality somewhere else. In short, they bail out on the very entity that provided an environment in which they became wealthy. How … Read More

A Week’s Worth

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December 4, 2006 The Christian Science Monitor For the first time in four months, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost ground in consecutive weeks, dropping 0.7 percent as of Friday’s close. If there’s a class of people more unpopular than politicians or used-car salesmen, it may be real estate developers, the Saint Consulting Group reports. Its survey found twice as … Read More

From Nimby* to Banana**–The Challenge for Developers

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December 2, 2006 Business Week Online Opposition to development of single-family homes and condominiums decreased a bit in the latest survey of residents’ attitudes by Boston-based Saint Consulting Group. Here’s a long excerpt from its press release about the Saint Index: From Nimby* to Banana**–The Challenge for Developers

Landfills a Tough Sell

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November 30, 2006 New York Public Radio Landfills have always been a tough sell for sanitation officials and garbage companies. And a new survey of Americans’ attitudes toward development has found it’s getting even harder, not only for landfills, but for most development projects. The second annual Saint Index, by the Saint Consulting Group, found landfills were opposed by 87 … Read More

Opposition to Commercial Development Still Strong

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November 29, 2006 GlobeSt.com BOSTON-Americans are strongly opposed to commercial development projects, and a majority of them favor using tax dollars to keep land undeveloped, a new survey finds. According to the Saint Index, a survey of 1,000 Americans commissioned by the Hingham, MA-based Saint Consulting Group, nearly three quarters of the respondents said they are opposed to development in … Read More

Americans oppose development of almost every kind

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November 29, 2006 Portland Business Journal Most Americans oppose new landfills, power plants and quarries. They also oppose casinos, Wal-Marts, hospitals, apartments, single family development and 70 percent would use tax dollars to prevent land from being developed. So says the second annual Saint Index, a survey commissioned by The Saint Consulting Group, which is based in Boston, to gauge … Read More

Opposition to Land-Use Development More Widespread: Survey

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November 29, 2006 Progressive Grocer BOSTON – A growing number of Americans are strongly opposed to real estate development, although attitudes toward grocery development have softened some in the past year, according to the Saint Index, a survey commissioned by The Saint Consulting Group here. Opposition to Land-Use Development More Widespread: Survey

LOOKING IN ON: GAMING

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November 27, 2006 Las Vegas Sun Would you rather live next to a landfill, a casino or Wal-Mart? The American Gaming Association and Harrah’s Entertainment have trotted out independent surveys over the past several years showing that most Americans don’t object to gambling. While that may be true, it doesn’t mean all of those folks want casinos nearby. That’s the … Read More