"The birthplace of the yimby movement, the San Francisco Bay Area, has
among the highest rents in America. It added 307,000 jobs between 2010
and 2013, but built fewer than 40,000 new housing units, according to
state of California estimates.
'It’s clear that this is a housing shortage – and the answer is to
build housing,' says Laura Foote Clark, who heads San Francisco-based
Yimby Action. 'You generate policy by yelling about things.'
Clark and other members of yimby groups consider themselves
progressives and environmentalists, but they’re not afraid to throw the
occasional firebomb into the usual liberal alliances. They frequently
take aim at space-hogging, single-family homeowners and confound
anti-capitalist groups by daring to take the side of developers, even
luxury condo developers. They have started a 'sue the suburbs' campaign
that targets cities that don’t approve big housing projects and have
even attempted to take over the board of the local Sierra Club."
Cities need to keep all their citizens in mind during planning, not just the wealthy.