🌹The YIMBY Housing Question

November 28, 2023

Stable access to good-quality housing is central to human welfare, but housing in the US is marked by rising costs, displacement, and many people who have no home at all. A growing consensus in mainstream politics, labeled by supporters and opponents as “Yes In My Back Yard” (YIMBY), argues that local regulatory and political barriers to private housing development are the primary obstacle to housing affordability. In this perspective, deregulating housing markets will allow private capital to build more housing, leading to a fall in housing costs. This argument to “unleash the cranes” dominates current debates on housing policy and legitimates the most significant political efforts to deregulate local and national housing markets in decades.

Is the YIMBY program the answer to “the housing question”? Join us as we engage with the YIMBY argument, confront it with historical and contemporary radical critiques, and evaluate some of the frequent empirical claims employed by supporters.


Readings we'll be discussing:
How YIMBY And NIMBY Reproduce The Housing Question
Excerpts from On The Housing Question by Engels
Supplemental readings: 

Lake - Transforming NIMBY to YIMBY

The Housing Question (marxists.org)

We Need Public Housing, Not Affordable Housing (jacobin.com)

Housing Is a Social Good - Boston Review




When: November 28, 2023, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Where: EBDSA Office/Zoom
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