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, broadening the scope of public participation beyond abutters helps address opposition domination of the planning process.
Restricting housing construction does not just hurt developers—it makes housing less affordable for everyone. But to overcome neighborhood resistance, you need to understand what drives it.