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When it comes to development of all kinds in cities, there are two buzzwords to be aware of: NIMBY and YIMBY. Before you decide which of these acronyms best suits you, let's understand what they each mean.

 

NIMBY

This stands for 'Not In My Backyard', which is opposition to new development (or proposed new development) that is close to them. Oftentimes, this refers to development that is controversial, or development that residents feel should be done further away from their home or neighbourhood.

 

Examples of development projects targeted by the NIMBY mindset, woud be things like: housing development, wind turbines, skyscrapers, homeless shelters, stadiums, commercial development, etc. 

 

YIMBY
This alternatively stands for 'Yes In My Backyard', which is a pro-development mindset. The YIMBY movement would support things like beautification projects, housing developments (or social housing), clean energy sources or public interest initiatives.  

 

If you have trouble finding a home you can afford in the location you want, or can’t find a reasonable rental, you may become a YIMBY. They see the need for more diverse housing options to accommodate growing city populations. And to battle exclusivity and homogeneity. [Smarter Growth]

Smarter Growth is a Calgary initiative that has taken on the NIMBY vs YIMBY debate:


Looking at the future, Calgary will greet nearly 600,000 new people by 2041. So, where should the newcomers live if we all say, “Not in my backyard?” 

 

This animated short explores The City of Calgary's goals for redevelopment and offers real-life examples to counter concerns about crowding or increased traffic volume—"From NIMBY to YIMBY".


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