30 Nov '16, 5pm

"YIMBYs cannot point to a single building they've helped erect"

Those who have followed the Bay Area’s ongoing war over growth and gentrification might be forgiven for doing a double take at the notion that a pro-development movement sees itself as fighting to prevent displacement and gentrification. But that’s precisely what makes the YIMBYs so fascinating: They don’t conform to easy political or ideological stereotypes. Although they are often attacked by San Francisco progressives as witting or unwitting shills for developers or the tech industry, most YIMBYs say they’re progressives, too—they just have different ideas about how to solve the Bay Area’s housing crisis. In fact, many of them don’t regard their no-growth or slow-growth adversaries as being progressive except in name. Generally younger than their opponents, mainly renters, many of them employed in the tech industry, they were driven to activism after they found themselv...

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