Like Winter- The Opposition is Coming

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By Patrick Fox, CEO Saint Consulting It’s ugly out there for commercial real estate developers.  The cynicism and distrust of politicians and our political system has permeated the approvals process for commercial real estate projects and it makes the process more difficult to navigate for everyone. According to the Saint Index, our international study of land use activism, people … Read More

Commentary: “Anatomy of a NIMBY”

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By Patrick Fox, CEO This article from CityLab is an in depth look at housing NIMBYism and its impacts. I would add to the suggested remedies that going around the NIMBYs and demonstrating support from the rest of the community can be highly effective. They too have a voice in this and, while more challenging to motivate activism FOR something, … Read More

Truthiness and CRE Rules of Engagement

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By Patrick Fox, CEO Saint Consulting Credibility is crucial for commercial developers but not so much for their opponents. The greatest advantage held by opponents today is that they can throw any allegation, facts or figures without regard for accuracy – and the burden falls upon the developer to disprove it! The traffic study says the project will generate … Read More

Saint University Executive Seminars

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Keeping corporate teams on the cutting edge of land use politics Saint University Executive Seminars are customized programs for corporate teams- keeping them on the cutting edge of land use politics. Our programs have been featured at The World Bank, MIT Center for Real Estate, Vanderbilt University, Urban Land Institute, International Conference of Shopping Centers, ADIT Brasil, the National Sand, … Read More

Strategic Opposition Part 5: 10 Commandments to deal with angry citizens

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By Saint Consulting Staff What can you do when some or many tactics of strategic opposition are staring you in the face?     We can offer two suggestions: for starters, Mike Saint cited first steps from what some might consider an unlikely source – the writings of Prussian soldier Carl von Clausewitz – commit resources, get good info, build … Read More

Most Americans do not see large wind farms as harmful — Saint Index report

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Seventy-nine percent of Americans do not believe a large wind farm project is detrimental to their health and welfare, according to the 2009 US Saint Index survey of attitudes toward real estate development projects. The North American Windpower blog reports that slightly more than one in 10 adults, 11 percent, say a large wind project could diminish health and welfare. … Read More

Joint MIT-Saint Consulting Course on Land Use Politics July 17-18

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MIT’s Center for Real Estate and The Saint Consulting Group are collaborating for the second straight year to offer a two-day course on Community Relations: Winning Community Support for Land Use Projects. This unique course, to be held on July 17 and 18 at the Center for Real Estate on the Cambridge campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is … Read More

Support for New Development Trending Up

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Support for new U.S. commercial development projects is trending up in virtually all categories according to The Saint Index survey of U.S. residents.  The survey has been tracking opposition to development since 2006 and is showing more support than opposition for new development projects for the first time in the study’s history.  Of … Read More