Opposition To Development Takes A New Turn

The Saint ReportNews 2008, saintblog0 Comments

May 2008 Shopping Center Business

VIEWS ARE CHANGING AS THE COMMERCIAL MARKET SLOWS, BUT NIMBYISM CONTINUES TO SPREAD.

Opposition to development—commercial and residential—is increasing, and represents a growing concern for real estate developers and politicians alike, according to the 2007 Saint Index Survey of Americans’ attitudes towards development. In comparison to 2006, when opposition to large shopping center development eased slightly, this is no longer the case. There has always been and continues to be, strong opposition to development projects. In fact, nationwide, 78 percent of Americans believe there should be no new development in their hometown, saying their community is fine the way it is or already over-developed—a 6 percent increase after 2 years holding steady at 73 percent.

Opposition To Development Takes A New Turn

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