Editor's note: This article is republished with permission of Builder magazine. View the original article: "The cost of NIMBYism." By CLAIRE EASLEY The American dream has long been anchored in homeownership, with a large single-family home standing as the ideal. As a result, in towns across America, this narrow perfect standard has led to an increasingly flat housing landscape. Fueled by the housing boom that encouraged larger homes, and NIMBY (an acronym for "not in my backyard") ordinances that prohibit smaller or multifamily homes, many areas have seen their stock of rental and affordable homes decline. And where homes in an area cater to only one kind of resident, the lack of housing diversity has led to a lack of resident diversity. Salisbury, Conn., a small town ...
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