Today’s low-income housing developments, like this one in St. Louis, are of a much higher quality than those of the past.
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The concentration of subsidized low-income housing developments isn’t as bad as residents fear: It actually increases property values – at a faster rate than other neighborhoods.
Lobstermen attend a rally to protest Gov. Janet Mills’ support for offshore wind projects on April 28, 2021, in Augusta, Maine.
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Most Americans support clean energy in principle, but what will they do when wind turbines or high-voltage transmission lines come to town?
Despite Boris Johnson’s newfound enthusiasm for offshore wind farms, the UK risks going backwards on wind power capacity.
New housing in Wimborne, England.
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We found that planners, councillors and local communities felt local opposition made little difference to decisions about housebuilding.
We’re used to hearing cries of “NIMBYism” and “money-hungry developers” on both sides of planning debates, but there’s actually more subtlety to interactions around urban planning that are worth exploring and understanding.
Speaking with: Cameron McAuliffe on NIMBYs, urban planning and making community consultation work.
Dallas Rogers speaks with Western Sydney University's Cameron McAuliffe about leveraging conflict and informal processes in the urban planning process.
These units in suburban Parramatta were built as part of the 2009-12 national Social Housing Initiative.
Do affordable housing projects drive down property values? Does neighbours’ quality of life suffer? Case studies in Brisbane and Sydney suggest such fears aren’t justified.
Billboard hacktivism in Toronto, Canada.
In Australia, a small but growing cadre of residents is experimenting with hacktivism in planning. Giving a voice to real people living in everyday places can help ensure planning meets public needs.
Opponents of projects are often scorned as NIMBYs, but active citizenship and local consultation are key elements in creating a city that works well for as many people as possible.
Cities are home to many different people who will not always agree. We need to learn to embrace public debate as an ongoing, constructive process for working through diverse views and values.
It’s easy to sneer at people for protecting their backyards, but what if there’s a compelling reason to do so?
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