They want more housing density, taller buildings, apartments on top of apartments, street-level retailers and tap rooms in residential areas, and public transit to connect it all. They dream of building better bike lanes. The e-scooter thing works for them. With a mantra of “upzoning,” or “denser, taller, faster, more,” they just might be YIMBYs. That’s YIMBY — as in “yes in my back yard”: advocates for urban redevelopment who prefer pedestrian-friendly streets and sidewalks over large parking lots. They have turned their backs on suburban-style housing and retail designed for cars, but embraced prospects for a 100-unit apartment building next to a transit station near their home. You could say they’re the opposite of a NIMBY — as in “not in my back yard.” Then there are the NUMTOTs. Never heard of them? The “new urbanist meme/transit-oriented teen” community on Facebook, Twin Cities NUMTOT, has grown to 761 members after launching little more than a year ago. If YIMBYs, NUMTOTs and new urbanists sound exotic, guess again. A number of political candidates are winning elected office by advocating such policies, in part by rallying grassroots supporters to their side as voters, donors, phone bankers and campaign organizers. There’s a… Read full this story
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