October 4, 2011 — Banker & Tradesman — Though 69 percent of Americans say the recession has made them more likely to support local commercial development projects, 80 percent say they don’t want new development in their hometown, according to a survey by the Hingham, Mass.-based Saint Consulting Group.
The annual Saint Index says 79 percent of Americans say their hometown is fine the way it is or already overdeveloped, the highest level in six years of the index.
Asked what type of new development they would most like to see in their community, the most common answer from respondents was “none.”
Saint said the “not in my backyard” attitude was strongest in the Mid-Atlantic and West, but hostility to development persists everywhere regardless of region.
The most unwanted types of developments were landfills, quarries and casinos.