Meet YIMBY: Pro-development groups join the battle in California housing wars

It’s an ageless fight waged in board rooms, council chambers and auditoriums across the state.

Governing bodies take their seats on raised platforms as a parade of angry citizens lambast the latest homebuilding proposal, worried about traffic, schools, crime and property values.The developers, they say, are greedy bloodsuckers.

The residents, developers say, are NIMBYs — happy to see new shopping centers, apartment blocks and housing tracts, so long as they’re “not in my backyard.”

Now, there’s a new player in this well-worn battleground: YIMBYs.


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