IMBYisms and the Housing Crisis in the Global North

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Washington 1, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Organizers: Eliot Tretter
Chairs: Eliot Tretter


Suburban NIMBYism and urban YIMBYism are often thought of two opposites of the current housing crisis. Suburban NIMBYism has been a force for decades, but it has taken on new characteristics in recent years. At the same time, a new voice has emerged in the past few years in cities across the global north in response to the current housing crisis, YIMBYism (Yes In My Back Yard). While NIMBYism has its roots in suburban exclusivity, YIMBYs find their theoretical justification in the writings of so-called market urbanists (most notably, Ed Glaeser), who argue for market-based, supply-side solutions to the crisis of housing affordability. This session will critically assess the resurgence of NIMBYism and the rise of YIMBYism as a responses to the current housing crisis. NIMBYism has reemerged as a way to maintain housing value and YIMBYism claims to be a solution to sharp decline housing affordability across cities in the global north, especially North America. How have these IMBYisms manifested themselves in different urban contexts? How have they taken hold? What is driving these IMBYisms? What can we learn from them? What are their limitations? Might the form of these IMBYisms signal a new regime of urban accumulation?


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Winifred Curran DePaul University 10 3:05 PM
Presenter Eliot Tretter*, University of Calgary, Richard Heyman*, University of Texas at Austin, Supply-Side Urbanism 20 3:15 PM
Presenter Elvin Wyly*, University of British Columbia, Evolutionary YIMBY Urbanism 20 3:35 PM
Presenter Christopher Niedt*, Hofstra University, From Suburban NIMBYism to YIMBYism? 20 3:55 PM
Presenter Benjamin Teresa*, Virginia Commonwealth University, Social Protection and the Struggle over Rent Control 20 4:15 PM
Discussant Rachel Brahinsky University of San Francisco 10 4:35 PM

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