Category: NIMBY

Month in Review: May, 2015

26 June, 2015 (10:00) | Blogs, Boston, CalPERS, England, Essential posts, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, NIMBY, Parking, Stockton, United Kingdom, Workforce housing, Zaatari | No comments

By: David A. Smith There’s never a straight man in Monty Python — even if one character appears relatively sane, that illusion will shortly be upended.  Too much bull? Similarly, voters in England who might reject the Monster Raving Loony Party could have hoped that among the remainder – Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats – there […]

May the (work) force be with you: Part 3, Fearful bigots oppose extraordinary gift

12 May, 2015 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, California, Development, Elderly, George Lucas, Housing, NIMBY, Workforce housing, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As established in yesterday’s Part 2, George Lucas’s ‘neighbors’ (term used in its geographical sense, not in any sense of sociability) had thwarted his original plans to develop a sophisticated and jobs-creating film studio on his property, and then exhausted his […]

May the (work) force be with you: Part 2, Facing death by delay

11 May, 2015 (15:05) | Affordable Housing, California, Development, Elderly, George Lucas, Housing, NIMBY, Workforce housing, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith In yesterday’s Part 1, property owner George Lucas, like his contemporary Steve Jobs, had discovered that in California, no matter what a rich owner wants to do with his property, the neighbors will come out in force to oppose it: Don’t bring your affordable housing here […]

May the (work) force be with you: Part 1, Resurrected a defunct homeowners’ association

8 May, 2015 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, California, Development, Elderly, George Lucas, Housing, NIMBY, Workforce housing, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Three years ago, when George Lucas first proposed building affordable housing on the property he’d owned for a third of a century and been thwarted for a fifth of a century in developing into a studio campus, most people though he was simply being vengeful, though my own post, Revenge of […]

Speaking on behalf of the NIMBY party: Part 5, A lack of understanding of the economics

7 May, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Campaigns, Development, England, Homelessness, Homeownership, Land use, NIMBY, Political vaporware, Politics, Scotland, Wales, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By: David A. Smith Now, as election day in Britain dawns, having already mocked the Conservatives’ proposal – use other people’s money and other people’s land in some process other people will figure out after we win – and the […]