Supporters Speak Up

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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 … Read More

SAINT INDEX, NATIONAL SURVEY, QUANTIFIES HOSTILITY TOWARDS SUPREME COURT’S KELO RULING

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Land-use/political consultants find disapproval of controversial decision letting government seize private property; at 80% level, well beyond what has been reported, reflecting growing community activism against development The Saint Index©, an authoritative survey documenting American attitudes about land use, has found that opposition to the Supreme Court’s Kelo v. New London ruling is growing everywhere in the country. Disagreement with … Read More

AMERICA ON WAL-MART: LOVE THE BARGAINS, BUT NOT THE “BIG BOX”

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Saint Index, national survey, finds that Wal-Mart is always welcome…somewhere else. The Saint Index©, a new survey by the Hingham, MA-based Saint Consulting Group, confirms Americans’ love-hate relationship with Wal-Mart. Even as the global company revs up a campaign to protect its reputation, and despite Wal-Mart’s undeniable popularity among consumers, almost two-thirds of those surveyed (63%) said that they would … Read More

Survey Shows the Public Resents New Development Projects

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January 18, 2006 Real Estate Weekly Americans are twice as likely to oppose new real estate development projects as support them. They are more likely to oppose quarries, casinos, land-fills and big-box retail than single family homes and groceries. They say their opposition stems from concerns over traffic and quality of life issue. They will use the political process to … Read More

FINDINGS FROM THE SAINT INDEX©

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Who cares about the politics of land use & development?” Real estate developers had better be strategic – or else First national survey to study the terrain where real estate, business and politics cross uncovers insights into Americans attitudes about land-use development Americans are twice as likely to oppose new real estate development projects as support them. They are more … Read More

Stop Right There

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January 4, 2006 Wall Street Journal Landfills, casinos and power plants are the most unpopular types of development in the U.S., according to a recent survey conducted by the Center for Economic and Civic Opinion at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. The first-time survey, commissioned by the Hingham, Mass.-based Saint Consulting Group, which advises developers on local political issues, asked … Read More

Getting Housing Built

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Winter 2005 Land Development Stop Sprawl. Too Much Traffic. Save Our Trees. Not in My Neighborhood! Too Many School Kids! That’s a Wildlife Habitat. You’ll ruin the character of our community, destroy our quality of life. These are some of the slogans that more and more home builders are hearing as they face angry neighbors, taxpayers, preservationists, environmentalists, labor unions, … Read More

Surviving Community Opposition In a Politically-Savvy World

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September/October 2005 Stone, Sand, & Gravel Review When a quarry operator in California sought to open a new mine, a coalition of citizens and activists circulated petitions and chartered buses to pack public hearings against the plan. When a gravel mining firm in Ohio sought rezoning to allow an asphalt plant on its site, opponents gathered more than 400 names … Read More

THE SAINT CONSULTING GROUP, LAND-USE POLITICAL ADVISORS, ADVANCES TWO SENIOR MEMBERS

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Patrick Fox becomes president of firm that pioneered zoning politics consulting 20 years ago; Robert Flavell becomes vice chair The Saint Consulting Group (TSCG), the largest consulting firm in the world that specializes in land-use and zoning politics, has named Patrick F. Fox as president and Robert J. Flavell as vice chairman. P. Michael Saint, who now assumes the title … Read More

THE SAINT CONSULTING GROUP EXPANDS INTO LARGER HEADQUARTERS

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Firm’s uninterrupted growth reflects increased need for land-use political intervention both for and against real estate development. The Saint Consulting Group (TSCG), political analysts of US commercial land-use and zoning issues, has relocated its national headquarters and research unit to larger accommodations in Hingham, a Boston suburb. TSCG focuses exclusively on government approvals processes related to land-use, zoning, and entitlements. … Read More