Democracy in Action?: NIMBY as Impediment to Equitable Affordable Housing Siting

Housing Studies, 30(5): 749-769, 2015

By: , J. Rosie Tighe
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Social Equity

This article investigates the impact of NIMBYism on affordable housing development, exposing the tension between democracy and equity. It looks at the characteristics of community opposition to affordable housing from a national survey to show how the participation of those with wealth and power can overshadow participation from marginalized groups. It concludes with a call for planners to be advocates for the marginalized, while addressing legitimate concerns from community members.