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The YIMBY Movement: Opportunities and Challenges for Planners

Yes In My Backyard (YIMBY) is a relatively new movement, but YIMBYs are quickly gaining political power and numbers. This course discusses the origins, goals, and tactics of the YIMBY movement.

  • 66 Mins
  • Published
What You Will Learn
  • Identify the new YIMBY/pro-housing advocates.
  • Understand the YIMBY perspective on the origins, scale, and impacts of the housing crisis in high-cost regions.
  • Review the goals of YIMBYs, and how YIMBYs work for more housing of all types.
  • Consider how YIMBYs are similar to or differ from traditional advocates on local planning issues.
  • Explore how YIMBY advocacy may create political space for more pro-housing plans.
  • Explore how YIMBY advocacy may increase pressure for state preemption of some local planning.
Yes In My Back Yard, most commonly referred to as YIMBY, is a grassroots social movement advocating for an increase in housing at regional, city, or neighborhood levels. YIMBYs are characterized by their support of responsible housing development, and by their close connection to Smart Growth urbanists and tenants rights activists. This course examines YIMBYs' organizational structures and aims to understand the roots, goals, setbacks, successes, and tactics of the movement. It also shows how YIMBYs influence debates on urban planning and housing policy, and how the pro-housing agenda of YIMBYs might impact the work of urban planners. By the end of the course, viewers will gain an understanding of the underpinnings of the YIMBY movement as well as the events and policies responsible for housing shortages, using Los Angeles as a pertinent case study.


This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.


This course is approved for 1 CNU-A credit.


This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point.