Reading List

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This article includes a sortable list of useful articles and other specific publications that may be useful for YIMBY advocates in building support for development in their community.

Current topics are:

  • Advocacy — Articles that help YIMBY advocates develop strategies for building a coalition and converting NIMBYs.
  • Affordable Housing — Articles related to Affordable Housing
  • Resources — Articles that provide specific policies that can be adopted that make new development easier.
  • State/Region Specific
    • California — Articles related to California
    • Massachusetts — Articles related to Massachusetts


Article Topic Date
How To Talk To Your NIMBY Parents Advocacy 2016-10-31
Obama's YIMBY moment Advocacy 2016-10-12
Housing Development Toolkit Resources 2016-09-26
To avoid housing nightmare, say ‘yes in my back yard’ Massachusetts 2016-07-24
Housing can’t be a good investment and affordable Affordable Housing 2016-07-20
Make room for Granny, and other zoning fixes Massachusetts 2016-05-27
Housing Production, Filtering and Displacement: Untangling the Relationships Affordable Housing 2016-05-01
How Cambridge and Lexington invented new housing Massachusetts 2016-05-01
Exclusionary Zoning Robs Our Cities of Their Best Qualities Zoning 2016-04-20
Why We Must Build Affordable Housing 2016-03-09
Perspectives on Helping Low-Income Californians Afford Housing California 2016-02-09
Do Strict Land Use Regulations Make Metropolitan Areas More Segregated by Income? Zoning 2015-12-28
California’s High Housing Costs: Causes and Consequences California 2015-03-17
How Burrowing Owls Lead To Vomiting Anarchists (Or SF’s Housing Crisis Explained) California 2014-04-14
The New Exclusionary Zoning Affordable Housing 2014-01-01



Edward Glaeser, Triumph of the City

Matthew Yglesias, The Rent is Too Damn High

Enrico Moretti, The New Geography of Jobs

Ryan Avent, The Gated City

Mancur Olson, The Logic of Collective Action

Jeff Speck, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time

See Also

Online Publications