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In My Backyard DC DC laws give NIMBYs a lot of power to say no to any new development. We give District residents a way to say yes. www.inmybackyarddc.com In My Backyard DC is a project of the R Street Institute run by Michael Hamilton.
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WMATA is trying to replace a surface parking lot with an apartment building--and there's a NIMBY storm a'brewin'.
04/04/2014
Takoma NIMBYs go BANANAs

WMATA is trying to replace a surface parking lot with an apartment building--and there's a NIMBY storm a'brewin'.

lWMATA might finally be able to build something on its extremely valuable land surrounding the Takoma Metro Station after fourteen years of effort.

Depending on where a project is located, and what the building will be used for, local regulations require developers to...
03/17/2014
People who can’t afford cars don’t need their own parking spaces

Depending on where a project is located, and what the building will be used for, local regulations require developers to build a certain number of parking spots for every unit in a building. This is bad news for affordable housing advocates for several reasons.

Imagine a world in which every apartment is required by law to include accommodation for around-the-clock butler services.

After a decade of construction, new residents, and change, the total population in Columbia Heights only increased by 1,...
03/10/2014
Spike Lee, Brooklyn, and D.C.

After a decade of construction, new residents, and change, the total population in Columbia Heights only increased by 1,087 people.

As more people from around the world choose to make Washington their home, we’re faced with a clear choice. We can accommodate new residents by allowing for greater density through relaxed land-use rules, or we can expect more people to get priced out.

Dupont Circle bars shouldn't be limited to 60 decibels.
02/25/2014
Unreasonable noise regulations and NIMBYism

Dupont Circle bars shouldn't be limited to 60 decibels.

Unreasonable noise regulations and NIMBYismFebruary 25, 2014 by MichaelThere’s a new citizens’ group in town, the DC Nightlife Noise Coalition. Though the name sounds more like a local dubstep group, it’s actually devoted to quieting down 1998′s hottest clubbing destination, Dupont Circle. Though th...

What is an Ubertarian?
12/28/2013
You might be an Ubertarian

What is an Ubertarian?

Over at Housing Complex, Aaron Wiener pokes fun at what he calls “Ubertarians.”These are people who “support government regulation—except when it inconveniences them,” ”love public transit, especially the not-so-public kind,” “hate meddlesome ne...

Removing the federally-imposed height limit won't actually allow taller buildings. It would just allow us to decide on o...
10/29/2013
Two serious misconceptions about land-use regulation in DC

Removing the federally-imposed height limit won't actually allow taller buildings. It would just allow us to decide on our own.

Congress may consider revising the longstanding Heights of Buildings Act of 1910, as I noted earlier: The National Capital Planning Commission and the DC Office of Planning have been working on a t...

We did it, everyone. The moratorium was rejected because of how many of you stood up to the small band of NIMBYs.
10/02/2013
5-Year-Ban on U St. Liquor Licenses Rejected

We did it, everyone. The moratorium was rejected because of how many of you stood up to the small band of NIMBYs.

The district's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board unanimously denied a moratorium on new liquor licenses in the city's 14th and U Street corridor Thursday.

08/27/2013

We should just talk Baltimore into hosting the Olympics.

A new DC Taxicab Commission decision shamelessly seeks to shut down cheaper, more fuel-efficient competition from #UberX...
08/20/2013
DCTC decision shuts down competition in taxi service

A new DC Taxicab Commission decision shamelessly seeks to shut down cheaper, more fuel-efficient competition from #UberX:

WASHINGTON (Aug. 20, 2013) – The R Street Institute is concerned that the decision by the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission expanding sedan regulations to bar mid-sized, fuel-efficient vehicles robs consumers of choice and creates an anti-competitive atmosphere in the district.

Golden Triangle BID is taking votes on the best Christmas wreath to put up this year (yes, really).
08/16/2013

Golden Triangle BID is taking votes on the best Christmas wreath to put up this year (yes, really).

You may have spotted some holiday wreaths hanging around the Golden Triangle a little early - we're trying them out for this fall and winter! Help us decide by letting us know which of the three wreaths you like best - just leave a comment!

If stadiums are "amenities that people want & are willing to pay for" then no public money is needed.
08/13/2013
Stadiums aren't about the money

If stadiums are "amenities that people want & are willing to pay for" then no public money is needed.

Why do cities keep building stadiums, despite study after study showing they don't make money? Simple: They're cultural amenities that people want, and are willing to pay for.

An auction is a better way of distributing parking spaces than keeping new buildings out of the neighborhood.
08/13/2013
Dutch auctions could improve parking permits in DC

An auction is a better way of distributing parking spaces than keeping new buildings out of the neighborhood.

Nothing in urban life seems to be as contentious as on-street parking in DC. One answer may be a Dutch auction, which allows residents to set the price of parking, making parking more responsive to demand.

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