Used to describe a person or an attitude, NIMBY is an abbreviation for Not In My Back Yard. A NIMBY might agree that a community or a neigborhood needs a half-way house for convicts transitioning back to society, but doesn't want it placed too close to his or her own home or in the neighborhood. property values. too much traffic. ugly woobly boxes
Although the community council supported the zoning change, the NIMBYs argued strongly against the expansion of the trailer park
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Not In My BackYard: a person who opposes particular construction or projects in their community. Particularly prominent in New York City.

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.
Other forms of NIMBY include the NOPE
(Not On Planet Earth), the BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone), and the TEDAO (Tear Everything Down At Once).
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If any community agrees action X is required for the good of the whole community, the resistance of a subgroup of this community sparked by (short-term) disadvantages affecting this smaller group is known as NIMBY-behaviour.

Generally speaking, people will want to benefit from the advantages, but disadvantages are suddenly unacceptable. (Also see freerider).
We wanted to build a bunch of windmills near city Y, but those NIMBY idiots keep blocking our plans.
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Not In My Back Yard

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.
1) They were proposing to build a freeway through Vancouver in the 1960s, but the stupid NIMBYs from Gastown and Chinatown got pissed and the project got posponed due to NIMBYism, now Vancouver is full of dogways!

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!!!
by nimbys_suck May 26, 2003
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Not In My Back Yard; someone who opposes anything built right by where they live.
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NIMBY is the natural phenomenon of being TERRITORIAL. Short for 'not in my backyard', Nimby is used to describe residents who oppose property development near where they live.

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.
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"Not-In-MY-Backyard" - A derogatory term used by people who live far away or are not effected by something to belittle the protests of those in it's immediate vicinity who feel the adverse effects
Farmer John lobbied to have the wind turbines built father away from his house so he could sleep through the night, but the people from the city accused him of being a NIMBY and told him to deal with it
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