Evolutionary YIMBY Urbanism

Authors: Elvin Wyly*, University of British Columbia
Topics: Urban Geography
Keywords: housing, locational conflict, gentrification
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Washington 1, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Emergent movements for urban YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard) are positioned as progressive, inclusive counterparts to the old-fashioned exclusions of suburban NIMBY (Not In My Backyard). Yet the progressive possibilities of supply-side mobilization -- getting more genuinely affordable rental housing, supportive housing, and homeless shelters into 'good,' well-serviced neighborhoods -- are betrayed by an easily-hijacked build-it-all ideology. YIMBY movements reflect variegated, evolutionary adaptations to the intensified, intergenerational contradictions of growth-machine politics and the commodification of housing and home.

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