Links to the best stuff
Community Toolbox ~ a vast resource
Ashoka ~ social entrepreneurs
Green Media Toolshed ~ great media training
The Control Game ~ spot fake involvement
Shelterforce ~ community dev articles
ZNet ~ articles on social change
National Civic League ~ citizen involvement
Civic Practices Network ~ lots of material
Community Development Discussion Listserve
Citizen Toolbox ~ 60 tools from Australia
Benton Foundation ~ media action
Rural Community Toolbox
Links for Building Democracy & Community
Creating Web Action Alerts
Training for Change

Confronting NIMBYism

Most of the following articles are by Debra Stein. Her firm, GCA Strategies, provides some of the best advice on how to deal with contentious land development projects. We include this material here because uncompromising Not-In-My-Back-Yard opposition to public interest projects such as low income housing and well-designed multiple housing is one of the reasons local government is reticent to work in partnership with neighbourhood groups. Ideally, public-spirited citizens will take up the challenge of confronting neighbours who begin to drift toward NIMBY opposition.

This material is also of tactical value to citizens opposed to obviously bad projects: big-box retail, toxic industry, destructive roads, sprall-making subdivisions, highrises parked on valuable waterfront.

Can't decide whether your concern about a particular land use project is NIMBYism or wholesome community involvement? Find out what a person thinks who lives somewhere else.

I Without hearing your views first, what does a friend or work associate think of the project?

I What does an expert think of the project? Architects and planners with no interest in the project are good for building evaluations. For an expert on environmental or social impacts contact a local community college.

The Ethics of NIMBYism
Journal of Housing and Community Projects
November/December 1996

Listening to Neighbors and Getting Neighbors to Listen to You
Land Development Magazine
Winter 1994

Traditional Neighborhoods Without Traditional NIMBYism
Multi Housing News
June 2000

Dealing With an Angry Public
Planning Commissioners Journal
Winter 2000

When Neighbors Refuse to Negotiate
Land Development Magazine
Spring/Summer 1993

Overcoming Community Opposition
Land Development Magazine
Winter 1997

Building Community Support for Housing
Affordable Housing Finance
June 1999

Managing the Public Hearing for Maximum Impact
Land Development Magazine
Fall 1999

Concede with Caution
Real Estate Northern California
April 2001

Charrettes: Not Always the Right Answer
Land Development
Winter 2001

Community Support - A Strategic Plan toTurn Out the Troops
Urban Land Magazine
December 1997

Winning Building Approvals Despite Opposition
American Funeral Director Magazine
January 1997

Use Opinion Research To Build Strong Communication
IABC Communication World
March 1995

Get Your Foot in the Door
Includes how to subscribe to

New Ways of Governing
The Citizen's Handbook / Charles Dobson /