Let’s have a little chat about the NIMBY-driven housing crisis—and how it directly benefits NIMBYs in more ways than the obvious.
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 […]
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 get a little bit het up when it comes to water. I could beg off by attributing it to my childhood, growing up in a house with a 1,000 gallon rainwater collection tank as our sole source of water, but it’s also because I’m a dirty hippie (sometimes literally), and I care about things […]
Berkeley is widely considered to be one of the most environmentally conscious cities in California, and possibly the nation as a whole, not just by its residents (inflated with a sense of self-importance), but also by outsiders. It’s been at the head of a number of pioneering initiatives intended to address environmental issues, from declaring […]