With growth often slowed by opposition, some of it NIMBYism, builders hope to head off resistance before it starts.
As head of a company that builds affordable housing, Dana Totman knows what it’s like to face neighborhood opposition to a proposed development.
Totman, president and CEO of Portland-based Avesta Housing, said a 2014 effort to build a senior housing project in Portland even resulted in threats to his family.
“One neighbor objected – viciously, vigorously,” Totman said. “He pointed out that he knew where my wife and I lived.”
Developers in Portland say that NIMBYism, the tendency of nearby residents to categorically reject any proposed development they deem unappealing, is a serious problem, especially in Portland.
J. Craig Anderson