YIMBY Denver: As Naysayers Shudder, Pro-Growth Urbanists Welcome Developers into their Backyards

There’s an emerging faction of urban evolutionists in Denver proclaiming, “Yes, in my backyard!” This grassroots group flips the script and welcomes the dense, mixed-use housing that others reject.

Eleven district council members and the two councilwomen at-large gather in the City and County Building, in Room 451, on Mondays at 5:30 p.m., usually to hear from a slim showing of constituents examining local issues from their podium.

If the night’s agenda happens to include zoning, though, the space might feel cramped with “40 people from a neighborhood wearing matching t-shirts that say, ‘No,'” as CU Denver Assistant Professor Ken Schroeppel describes it. Council meetings, he explains, are a prime place to see NIMBY in action.

NIMBY — short for “Not in My Backyard” — is more an attitude than a movement, according to Josh Stephens, writing for Next City, characterized by general civic opposition to infrastructure projects, usually housing.

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