Source: www.bizjournals.com | Re-Post MNM Partners, LLC 11/29/2016
Bay Area NIMBYs had a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. The last few weeks have marked a particularly sustained run of success in prioritizing their narrow self-interests over our common one in addressing the worsening housing shortage.
This month alone:
A proposed 224-unit affordable project in Marin County, sponsored and bankrolled by filmmaker George Lucas but facing vigorous opposition, has gone into deep freeze. In Fremont, a transit-oriented development that had been cut from 882 units to 670 had 40 more lopped off on grounds that a four-story building near a BART station was too tall and that Fremont has already “done its part” to address housing needs.
In San Francisco’s upscale Forest Hill, neighbors have united to turn away a 150-unit affordable housing development proposed for the grounds of a church. Aside from NIMBY-standard complaints about size, traffic and noise, there has been an alarming undercurrent of noxious comments about what sort of people affordable housing might bring to “their” neighborhood.