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

Walmart Support Grows Nationally

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Opposition now at just 50% When the Saint Index was first conducted in 2006 and Americans were asked how they would feel if a Walmart was proposed “in their community”, only 31 percent said they would support it.  Today, that number has risen 16 percentage points to 47 percent support.  Opposition to Walmart … Read More

Fear and Loathing in Land Use Politics

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group 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 results of the 2015 Saint Index, 61 percent of Americans … Read More

FREE Webinar – Saint Index 2015

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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 all of the land use project types … Read More

The Hurdle Every Developer Faces

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group According to the 2015 Saint Index,  72% of Americans say their community is overdeveloped or fine just the way it is.  They are saying they want the door closed and all development stopped in their community. This is the hurdle eve ry developer starts with on every project.  Even communities desperate for jobs, … 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

Nimby Wars Far More Nuanced Than Often Described

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By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO, The Saint Consulting Group NIMBY’s are often in the news these days and the press stories seldom catch the complexity, nuances and shades of grey in such land use fights. For example:  Says Forbes: “San Francisco NIMBY’s Reach New Low With Anti-Arena Stance.” http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottbeyer/2015/05/01/san-francisco-nimbys-reach-new-low-with-anti-arena-stance/  Says the UK’s Daily Mail: “Nimby homeowners stop young … Read More

Strategic Communications: 10 Uses for Surveys and Polling

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By Owen Eagan, The Saint Consulting Group Polling and survey research are invaluable tools for measuring all types of issues.  They typically provide us with a measurement as a snapshot in time and help us identify trends over longer periods of time. As an example, many people think that unemployment figures are derived from unemployment insurance claims, but they are … Read More