SF Chronicle: “Housing, by any means necessary”
“This week, the YIMBYs’ pro-housing revolution is facing perhaps its biggest test. Its agenda is all over the Nov. 6 ballot. YIMBY-bred candidates are running for office in San Diego, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Oakland and other cities. YIMBY-supported measures will be voted on in dozens of cities across the state…
“… Amie Fishman, executive director of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, said the YIMBY movement has evolved somewhat from its early days, and now supports protections for existing low-income residents so they don’t get priced out of the Bay Area.
She also said the movement didn’t seem to realize that housing development advocacy was nothing new, that groups like hers had been doing it for decades.
“In the beginning, it was a pretty libertarian message — that deregulating the market would solve all of the problem,” Fishman said. “There was a huge pushback around that — the market will never on its own serve the lowest-income, highest-need communities. They have listened and have been more responsive.””
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