September 4, 2015

The Daily Durning: Field Guide to NIMBYs

From The Chicago Architecture Blog:


NIMBY groups are not to be trifled with in Chicago.  Some hold significant political sway and have gotten everything from corner bars to 75-story skyscrapers killed for various, largely selfish, reasons.  But it wasn’t always that way. Perhaps it was the evaporation of home equity in the wake of the Great Recession that combined with anger and idleness to breed the current crop of super-NIMBYs.  The kind we’ve seen actually spit at speakers at development meetings.

The origin of the term NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) is a little hazy, but is believed to have originated with the hazardous waste disposal industry in the middle of the last century.  The term spread as rapidly as its adherents did and evolved into what we have today in Chicago: FRUIT (Fear of Revitalization Urban Infill and Towers) and BANANAS (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything).

And so, inspired by a recent article in L.A. Weekly, and not by the pearl-clutching dramatists of the West Loop, or the “I got mine, sucks to be you” crowd of Streeterville, we present a Field Guide to Chicago NIMBYs.

[Details here.]
  • View NIMBYs
  • Shadow NIMBYs
  • Traffic NIMBYs
  • Parking NIMBYs
  • Renter NIMBYs
  • Noise NIMBYs
  • Public Safety NIMBYs
  • Property Value NIMBYs
  • The Anti-NIMBYs
  • BEASTs

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  1. This hilarious, and much of it is recognisable here in Soggyville. We do seem to have more than our fair share, though, of Carmageddon Town Criers (CTC’s) who loudly proclaim that most city road use changes are going to bring traffic chaos.

    What’s missing is the Followup and Audit Brigade (just plain FAB people) who track the various varieties of hysteria and expose the nonsense for what it is, and the gullible journalists for what they are..

  2. It’s fun following the current debate in Shaughnessy between property-value NIMBYs and heritage NIMBYs. NIMBY on NIMBY violence!