Talk to Your Friends About Zoning: A PSA Campaign for the NIMBY

“Talk to Your Friends About Zoning”: A PSA Campaign for the NIMBY in Your Life, Henry Grabar, Slate, Febuary 13, 2017, available here

No one should be permitted to revel in the schadenfreude about millennial living arrangements without confronting what’s behind them: the sky-high cost of renting in U.S. cities. A growing number of frustrated young people lay the problem at the feet of the anti-development baby boomer, thwarting efforts to expand the housing stock and driving up his own home value in the process.

In practice, that means pushing planners to reject high-cost projects (“gentrification!”) and low-cost projects (“crime rates!”) and everything in between (“neighborhood character!”).

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