CHAPA Breakfast Forum: Who is the 'M' in NIMBY? New Evidence from MA Zoning Meetings

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November 7, 2018
November 7, 2018

One Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
United States

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Please join us on November 7th for our Breakfast Forum: Who is the 'M' in NIMBY? New Evidence from MA Zoning Meetings

In Massachusetts, communities hold public meetings and hearings on zoning and land use decisions. This public process is designed to provide opportunities for all voices to engage and be heard. Yet, new Boston University research shows voices in opposition to new housing development are overwhelming these meetings, leaving those with barriers to participation out of the decision-making process.

Please join us for a presentation by one of the study’s co-authors, Katherine Levine Einstein, who will discuss her findings. Following her presentation, we will explore the implications of these participatory inequalities, the impacts on housing development and costs, and ways to forge greater inclusivity around local housing decisions.

Attendees are encouraged to read the full report here in advance of the forum in order to be able to fully engage in this interactive conversation.

Register for this breakfast forum by November 2nd.

  • Katherine Levine Einstein, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Boston University; Co-Author, Who Participates in Local Government? Evidence from Meeting Minutes


  • Ceasar McDowell, MIT, Professor of Civic Design and Founder of The Move

Panelist Discussion:

  • Andrew DeFranza, Harborlight Community Partners, Executive Director
  • Wendell Joseph, City of Cambridge, Neighborhood Planner
  • Darcy Jameson, Beacon Communities Development LLC, Senior Development Director

Registration & Additional Details 

  • Tickets for this forum are limited, so please register as soon as possible.
  • Breakfast and check-in begins at 9:00 AM on November 7th.
  • Please bring a photo ID for security.
  • Cost: $25.00 for CHAPA members and $40.00 for non-members. No refunds will be provided to those who register but do not attend the forum.

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