NIMBY effects on low-income housing policy: A case of two cities

by Brown, Russell, M.A., DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY, 2012, 80 pages; 1509274

Abstract:

I researched the strategies that city officials and housing developers used to address NIMBY concerns about low income housing developments. I conducted interview research with planning commission members, their staffs, and housing developers from two cities. I wanted to understand what strategies the interviewees employed to address NIMBY concerns, if best practices were used during the planning process, how well those practices were followed, how effective those approaches used were in a real world setting, and inquire about alternative methods. The findings indicated that population density and median income were the relevant factors regarding NIMBY-related issues. Also, traffic concerns, classism, and ageism were found to be prevalent NIMBY concerns. The strategies used included early engagement of residents, studies being conducted to identify credible issues, and the use of the judicial system. The methods outlined were the best practices used, and were effective in addressing NIMBY concerns.

AdviserMatthew Schneirov
SchoolDUQUESNE UNIVERSITY
Source TypeThesis
SubjectsPublic policy
Publication Number1509274

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