Planners’ Alchemy Achieved? How NIMBY AND YIMBY Reproduce the Housing Question


A laissez-faire Yes-In-My-Back-Yard (YIMBY)-ism is not a solution to Not-In-My-Back-Yard (NIMBY)-ism; rather it represents the other side of the coin of capitalist development. YIMBYism reproduces the ‘Housing Question’ as Engels posed it, by shifting housing problems across time and space, and in their form. Until YIMBYism contains a critique of capitalist uneven development, it will not fundamentally address the causes of housing problems.