[Law-envtlcert] Wed., 10/25 - NYU Prof. Vicki Been on "The City NIMBY & the Suburban NIMBY"

Erin Ryan ERyan at law.fsu.edu
Wed Oct 18 11:42:51 EDT 2017

Please join us next week for the Fall 2017 Distinguished Land Use Law Lecture: The City NIMBY and the Suburban NIMBY, by Professor Vicki Been, former Commissioner of Housing Preservation and Development for the City of New York and Faculty Director of New York University's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy.

The FSU Program on Environmental, Energy, and Land Use Law is proud to welcome Professor Been for her lecture on Wednesday, October 25, from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Room 310.  The lecture, free and open to the public, will be followed by a reception in the Law School Rotunda.

Vicki Been is the Boxer Family Professor Law at New York University.  Under her leadership, the Furman Center was a recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2012.  Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of land use, urban policy, and housing, considering issues of environmental justice, Fifth Amendment takings, and international protections for property owners.  Her lecture probes differences between the phenomenon of urban and suburban "NIMBY, or "Not in My Back Yard"-resistance to urban development:

The City NIMBY and the Suburban NIMBY

Cities have traditionally been thought of as "growth machines," while many suburban towns were notorious for exclusionary or growth-limiting NIMBY policies aimed at protecting the property values of their "homevoters."  Increasingly, cities are experiencing substantial NIMBY opposition to proposed development, largely driven by renters who fear that it will make their homes less affordable and alter the unique and appealing characteristics of their neighborhoods.

NIMBYism in cities raises issues distinct from traditional suburban NIMBYism.  City NIMBYs tend to embrace wider ranging interests: while both renters and homeowners fear increasing rents, taxes, and changes in their neighborhoods, other development pressures affect them in very different ways. Development opponents in cities are more focused on the fair distribution of the benefits and burdens of new development within the city or region than traditional NIMBY proponents.  Because cities tend to be more racially and economically diverse than suburbs, and they have historically been home to disproportionate numbers of poor and racial minority citizens, many such debates are framed as protecting diversity and preventing displacement of citizens who endured prior periods of neighborhood disinvestment.

This talk will explore the differences between city and suburban NIMBYism, and the implications those differences have for how local, state and federal governments should respond.

Erin Ryan
Elizabeth C. & Clyde W. Atkinson Professor
Florida State University, College of Law
425 West Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306
(850) 645-0072
eryan at fsu.edu<mailto:eryan at fsu.edu>

View my research at:

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Federalism and the Tug of War Within
(Oxford 2012<http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Law/ConstitutionalLaw/?view=usa&ci=9780199737987>), also available on Amazon<http://www.amazon.com/Federalism-Within-Professor-Erin-Ryan/dp/0199737983>.

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