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The YIMBY Movement: Opportunities and Challenges for Planners

Yes In My Back Yard, most commonly referred to as YIMBY, is a grassroots social movement advocating for an increase in housing development at the regional, city, and neighborhood levels. This course examines YIMBY organizational structures and the roots, goals, setbacks, successes, and tactics of the movement.

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Course Info

  • Duration 10 video lessons (66 Mins)
  • Published Published
    2020
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (2 mins)
  • 2. Defining YIMBY (11 mins)
  • 3. Equity Groups, YIMBYs, and Homeowners (6 mins)
  • 4. Why and Where are YIMBYs? (2 mins)
  • 5. Impacts of the Housing Crisis (4 mins)
  • 6. Causes of the Housing Crisis (9 mins)
  • 7. Housing Shortages (14 mins)
  • 8. YIMBY Tactics (3 mins)
  • 9. Goals, Successes, and Setbacks (7 mins)
  • 10. YIMBYs and Planners (5 mins)

What You Will Learn

  • What types of people tend to be YIMBYs.
  • Why the YIMBY groups originated.
  • Where YIMBY groups are clustered.
  • YIMBY views on the impacts of the housing crisis.
  • How the housing crisis has shaped YIMBY tactics and goals and influences the YIMBY search for a solution.
  • Successes of the YIMBY movement.
  • Setbacks of the YIMBY movement.
  • The relationship between YIMBYs and urban planners and what each group can learn from each other.

Course Description

Yes In My Back Yard, most commonly referred to as YIMBY, is a grassroots social movement advocating for an increase in housing development at the regional, city, and neighborhood levels. Members of the YIMBY movement, or YIMBYs, are characterized by their support of responsible housing development, and by their close connection to Smart Growth urbanists and tenants' rights activists. "The YIMBY Movement: Opportunities and Challenges for Planners" course differentiates YIMBYs from their NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) counterparts while distinguishing between the types of development YIMBYs typically support or oppose. This course examines YIMBY organizational structures and the roots, goals, setbacks, successes, and tactics of the YIMBY movement. The course 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. Join course instructor Mark Vallianatos, a policy expert and self-professed YIMBY as well as director of LAplus and co-founder and policy director of Abundant Housing LA, in exploring and analyzing the development of an increasingly relevant movement in "The YIMBY Movement: Opportunities and Challenges for Planners."

Learn these skills

  • Development
  • Housing
  • Land Use
  • Law and Policy
  • Regulations
  • Transportation
  • Urban Design
  • Urbanism
  • Zoning Codes

AICP CM

This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.

CNU-A

This course is approved for 1 CNU-A credit.

SACPLAN CPD

This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point.

Meet Your Instructor

Mark Vallianatos

Mark Vallianatos

Mark is a policy expert focused on housing, planning and sustainability issues. He the director of LAplus and co-founder and policy director of Abundant Housing LA.

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