Generally speaking, people will want to benefit from the advantages, but disadvantages are suddenly unacceptable. (Also see freerider).
Good NIMBYism: Jane Jacobs opposing the construction of the Lower Manhattan Expressway, which would have eviscerated the present-day neighborhoods of SoHo, Greenwich Village, and TriBeCa; Jackie Kennedy saving Grand Central Terminal from demolition and replacement with an office tower.
Bad NIMBYism: Fighting the development of a nearby tall building because it might block your view; opposing a new subway line or water tunnel, which would benefit the city for years to come, because of construction noise in your neighborhood; opposing the expansion of the museum across the street because of minor inconveniences, even though it's the primary reason that your property is so valuable. I.E.: Being selfish
Iffy: People who fight LULUs, or Locally Unwanted Land Uses: developments or institutions that are needed, but that nobody wants near them, like homeless shelters or power plants.
(Not On Planet Earth), the BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone), and the TEDAO (Tear Everything Down At Once).
This can also be referred to NIMBYism. NIMBYism is when people protests against proposed projects like city projects, and cause alot of trouble by protesting.
2) They want to build Skytrain to Richmond on Cambie St. and the NIMBYs are pissed off already!
3) Man Vancouver has alot of dogway loving NIMBYs!!!
A popular tactical tool, the word NIMBY is often used by property developers, supporters of same and pro development government decision makers in an attempt to destroy public support for residents, labelling those who oppose new developments within their own residential locality as selfish and subculture. However, NIMBY, the art of being territoral has been practiced by most living creatures big or small since nature created them to present day.