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MEREDA's 2017 Annual Spring Conference: 'YIMBY'ism: YES in my Backyard - Why Development is Good

May 18, 2017 - 12:00PM
to 6:00PM

DoubleTree by Hilton
363 Maine Mall Road
South Portland, ME

About the Event:

Registration:  12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Program:  1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Networking:  5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

In recent years, many American cities and towns have witnessed a renaissance, with destination cities in particular seeing dramatically increased interest.  Typically, the impacts of such demand are felt on a regional scale.  From San Francisco to Portland and beyond, a degree of pressure corresponding to this renewed interest in city life has been placed on communities to build in unprecedented ways. With the rise in popularity of living in urban areas, opinions about how such places should develop are also increasing.  Recognizing the crippling effect of NIMBY, or “not in my backyard”, ways of thinking on housing prices, economic stability and general diversity of communities, some forward-thinking activists have begun to affirmatively make a case for growth and development.  

Coined “yes in my backyard”, or YIMBY, this movement is an overt counterargument to oppositional mindsets - and it's gaining traction quickly.  In 2016, the first-ever YIMBY conference was held in Boulder Colorado, shining a national spotlight on an often-silent perspective that it’s actually good for cities to grow.  The movement encompasses a variety of vantage points which lead to this conclusion, from those grounded in environmental concerns to social equality and housing prices, and is far from an industry-led lobbying effort.  As such, YIMBYism may represent the beginnings of a fundamental shift in the way a broad range of Americans thinks about growth and its associated elements.

MEREDA is pleased to welcome Jesse Kanson-Benanav - a Boston-area pioneer in the YIMBY movement who has been instrumental as a leader on the frontlines of this potential sea change in the conversation about development—for a discussion about its present status and implications for the future.  His perspective will be augmented by a panel of local professionals who will anchor this national trend in local context.  Attendees can expect to gain insight into the near future of community conversations about development, and what it means for the real estate industry more broadly.

Join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton in South Portland on May 18th for what is sure to be an eye-opening and informational event! Attendees can expect to gain insight into the near future of community conversations about development, and what it means for the real estate industry more broadly. Attendees will walk away with a clearer sense of the economic impact of development on a community, from a tax, employment, and quality of life standpoint.

Meet our Local Experts:

Moderator: Elizabeth Boepple, BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC
Jim Brady, Brady Enterprises
Jeff Levine, City of Portland
Dana Totman, Avesta Housing
Patrick Venne, Redwood Development Consulting, LLC

Continuing Education Credits:

This Course has been Approved for 3.00 Hours of Broker, Appraiser, Legal & Architect Continuing Education Credits.

News About This Event:

06/02/2017   YIMBYers extol the virtues of development   Release
06/02/2017   Maine Real Estate & Development Association Awards Top 10 Notable Projects of 2016   Release
05/18/2017   Experts say Maine needs more housing, more workers to build it   Article
05/18/2017   Maine Real Estate Trade Group: 'All Segments are Strong'   Article
05/18/2017   With post-recession climb, Maine real estate economy reaches 11-year high   Article
05/18/2017   Real estate industry says Maine market isn’t due for bubble-bursting   Article
05/17/2017   MEREDA to release report on health of Maine real estate   Article
05/17/2017   Real Estate Forecast   Article
05/17/2017   Community Growth & Development   Article
05/04/2017   MEREDA announces 2016's top real estate projects   Article
03/28/2017   MEREDA's 2017 Annual Real Estate Spring Conference is May 18th   Release
Materials Related To This Event:

Event Mailer   PDF
Keynote Presentation - YIMBYism – Yes In My Back Yard   Presentation
Jesse Kanson-Benanav, A Better Cambridge    
58 Fore Street - Master Plan   Presentation
James Brady, Brady Enterprises    
YIMBY: Yes in My Backyard on the Small Scale “Because I can also build in my backyard”   Presentation
Jeff Levine, City of Portland    
NIMBYISM TO YIMBYISM: Upfront consensus transforms opposition into community support   Presentation
Patrick Venne, Redwood Development Consulting    
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