Let’s have a little chat about the NIMBY-driven housing crisis—and how it directly benefits NIMBYs in more ways than the obvious.
Learning about civil procedure in your area can help you more easily understand how and where to direct your efforts when it comes to issues that matter to you, like development and urban planning.
Behind NIMBYism lie more sinister forces at work that are designed to entrench structural inequality.
At the outset, a disclaimer: Land use and urban planning are incredibly complex topics that cannot be covered in a single book, let alone a single post. These issues are deeply interrelated and tangled up with each other and I will be making some simplifications or overly broad statements here for the sake of sticking […]
One thing is integral to the American Dream: Buying a home. It may not necessarily be the right financial choice for a given family or circumstance, but it’s hard to feel like one has truly arrived, truly become a grownup, unless one has bought a home. ‘Buying’ is a figurative term in the era of […]
Naomi Oreskes recently wrote a passionate defense of the NIMBY in which she missed two key components of an important discussion. She confused entirely reasonable environmental concerns that extend to larger social issues with selfish individuals obsessed with preventing the ‘despoliation’ of their personal fantasylands, and she failed to discuss the larger class and race implications of […]
I dislike tourism as a general way of making a profit, but I also acknowledge that it can be one method for a community to support itself. People have to travel for work reasons, other people enjoy traveling on holiday and for other reasons, and the end result is that people are moving from place […]
I’ve been watching Fort Bragg’s downtown sinker deeper and deeper into decline over recent years, something that is in part, obviously, the fault of the economy. And also of changing habits and patterns in the way we live. And also, in part, because of the way the City handles planning and related decisions, because downtown […]
The conservation of historic buildings is an important component of development in many communities, with a growing number specifically turning to adaptive reuse, where they conserve buildings by repurposing to make them useful in a changing world. Adapative reuse retains the character and personality of the structure, while making the inside a usable space; converting […]
Northern California’s wine industry is growing, as California wineries stretch up from Napa, through Sonoma, and into Mendocino and other Northern California counties. Wine is big business, and every time I go to the City, it seems like I see a new vineyard underway. Other forms of commercial agriculture here are not terribly viable, a […]