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NIMBY - Not in My Back Yard

Category
Society
NIMBY - Not in My Back Yard

Definition

An attitude of opposition to development projects in one's community. While defended as Jane Jacob's-style neighborhood preservation, it can often be used to safeguard expensive real-estate, maintain "aesthetics", and perpetuate social inequality.

Origin

The term arose in the 1970's, describing New York's fiscal crisis by people fighting for environmental justice, before evolving over time to more critically connote a sense of selfishness (source).