Today’s highly interesting read (02/06/09): How NIMBYs Made ‘Back Yard’ Mean ‘Entire Neighborhood’

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Today’s read is from a historical geographer who claims NIMBYs have a far-ranging definition of “back yard.”

NIMBY stands for “not in my back yard,” and every once in a while, NIMBY sentiment is in fact directed against a project that’s literally going to impact someone’s back yard—maybe a widened sidewalk or a buried utility line. Much more often, however, the “BY” in NIMBY is metaphorical. The people who take part in NIMBY protest are usually objecting to something that will happen near by them, in a wider area of their day-to-day life that constitutes an imaginary “back yard.”

How do we know what part of a city makes up someone’s “back yard”?

Read the entire article here.

 

One thought on “Today’s highly interesting read (02/06/09): How NIMBYs Made ‘Back Yard’ Mean ‘Entire Neighborhood’

  1. Pingback: Crime in the suburbs; NIMBYs; the minimum wage destroys; and the Virginia governor | This Just In… From Franklin, WI

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