The Saint Consulting Group and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Real Estate are collaborating on a new class that explores community relations and winning support for land use projects, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Headlined “New Class to Focus on NIMBYs, BANANAs and CAVE people”, Saint Consulting and MIT experts analyze cutting edge strategies for mobilizing communities and winning land use approvals, the newspaper reported.

The two-day course, July 22-23 at the MIT campus, will be led by Phillip Clay, MIT professor of urban studies and former chancellor of MIT, and Patrick Fox, president of Saint Consulting.

“Whether you are dealing with Not In My Back Yard (NIMBYs), Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything (BANANAs) or Citizens Against Virtually Everything (CAVE people), virtually every land use project is opposed by well-organized, passionate and often fearful residents,” Fox said. “The internet, social organizing and fear of change contribute to a complicated and increasingly difficult situation for developers today.”

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If you would like to register for the course, click here.

 

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