NIMBYism spreads, self-interest is real reason Americans oppose development

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scb_banner Opposition to real estate development — commercial and residential — is increasing and represents a growing concern for real estate developers and politics alike, according to the 2007 Saint Index survey of Americans’ attitudes towards development.

Patrick Fox, president of The Saint Consulting Group, writes in the May issue of Shopping Center Business that NIMBYism continues to spread, and nearly eight in 10 Americans believe there should be no new development in their hometown. By probing to uncover the reasons for opposition through differently phrased questions over the years and examining the response, the conclusion is that the real reason Americans oppose development is self-interest. Citizens are protecting their own real estate values.

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