Bona Fide NIMBYism | BTalk

Last Updated May 12, 2010 5:04 PM EDT


Tony Recsei

Tony Recsei

(Episode 494: 15 minutes 39) People complaining about the growth of higher density housing are simply exponents of NIMBYism ("not in my back yard"). Tony Recsei, President of the Save Our Suburbs community group, says there is nothing wrong with that as long as it doesn't get out of control. Meanwhile high density development, he argues, is getting out of control.

So how would we solve the issue of housing an increased population, with decreasing housing affordability? Isn't part of the issue, as suggested by Ralph McLaughlin in a recent BTalk, that people want to live in our cities -- they don't want to move to the regions or to the outer suburbs.

I suggest in today's podcast that this could become an election issue later this year. What do you think? Would you move your business out of the cities? What would you need for this to happen? Leave your comments in the Talkback section at the end of this post.
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