March 01, 2006 Big Builder
STUDY SHOWS THAT NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS ARE RELATIVELY UNCONTESTED.
Thumbs up: Housing gets a free pass according to new study finding, says Patrick Fox, president of Saint Consulting Group.
Surveyors used a standard clustering methodology known as random digit dialing, interviewing 250 people in each of four regions—Northeast, Midwest, West, and South.
In contrast to housing’s surprising support, backers for commercial development of almost any kind were scarce. People are twice as likely to resist offices, big-box retails, and warehouses, the study found. And in what Fox calls “a staggering number,” one in five of the people surveyed nationwide has actively opposed a project in their backyards.