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July 21, 2017
YIMBYism Gains Momentum
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“It’s like Woodstock for housing activists.” That’s how NYT writer Mike McPhate describes the kick-off to YIMBYtown 2017, the three-day conference that brought together roughly 200 pro-housing activists in Oakland, Calif., last weekend.

The conference is another sign of momentum for the YIMBY—yes in my backyard—movement, a counterculture response to the growth in restrictive land-use policies associated with NIMBYism (not in my back yard). YIMBYs argue that anti-development policies are at the root of rising housing costs in many areas, especially California. 

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Continue the conversation on the future of AI in multifamily at the 2017 OPTECH Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas, October 25-27

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