Who are NIMBYs anyway? Here’s what the studies say

Here’s who's most likely to show up at community meetings on new resi development

New York Weekend Edition /
Sep.September 16, 2018 12:00 PM

(Credit: Lian Chang, Pixabay)

White, older men who own homes will make up the majority of the audience at any public meeting on housing or zoning. Of that group, more than 60 percent already have their positions set before the meeting even begins–and they are against any proposal being discussed because, as they will explain, of traffic concerns.

Those are the findings of a study conducted by researchers in the Boston area that tracked participants in nearly 3,000 public meetings on housing and zoning proposals between 2015 and 2017, as reported by City Lab.

The average participant lived in their area for about 17 years and would mention their professional background—often in fields like law, architecture or engineering, and present themselves as informed parties. The highest ranking concerns besides traffic included environment, flooding and safety.

Almost 60 percent of the participants weren’t affiliated with a specific party, but for the 40 percent who were, Democrats made up the majority of the crowd while registered Republicans were the smallest group at just over 10 percent. Democrats were more likely to support new development than Republicans, however.

Researchers concluded that “the incentives to show up and oppose new housing are far stronger” than those for supporting it.

In a second study, reported by Next City, that examined racial disparities among the participants of public meetings, researchers found that about 80 percent of participants were white. They noted that “these racial disparities are far worse than they are in other forms of political participation.” [City Lab]Erin Hudson


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
From left: Fannie Mae's Hugh Frater and Freddie Mac's Michael DeVito
Government to back home loans over $1M
Government to back home loans over $1M
(Getty/Illustration by The Real Deal)
TRD Pro: 7% mortgage rates are not so bad
TRD Pro: 7% mortgage rates are not so bad
Case-Shiller, Home Prices, Housing Market, Residential Real Estate
US home prices lose more momentum
US home prices lose more momentum
56 Middagh Street and 50 Bridge Park Drive #20B (Streeteasy, Quay Tower BK, Getty)
Brooklyn Heights townhouse, Quay Tower score borough’s biggest contracts
Brooklyn Heights townhouse, Quay Tower score borough’s biggest contracts
East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc and 350 Pantigo Road (Zillow, Getty, Town of East Hampton)
Hamptons town could buy former department store land to build homes
Hamptons town could buy former department store land to build homes
(Getty Images)
Tenants attack landlords in two separate incidents
Tenants attack landlords in two separate incidents
One of the two Avalon lots sold to an unnamed businessman (Google Maps)
Two Jersey Shore lots sell for record $21M
Two Jersey Shore lots sell for record $21M
Michael Ovitz looks to flip Greenwich Village condo for $25M
Michael Ovitz looks to flip Greenwich Village condo for $25M
Michael Ovitz looks to flip Greenwich Village condo for $25M
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...