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YIMBYwiki is a wiki / knowledgebase for YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard) & housing issues. That is, to gather ideas, research, and strategies for creating more inclusive, affordable, equitable housing and communities. We began as an affiliate project of YIMBY Action, which is a member of the SFYIMBY coalition, San Francisco. 



Build the most usable, complete, and open online resource for understanding housing and land-use issues, and for working to create more inclusive and affordable communities. 

(informal): the rebuttal, explainer, meme, & proposals factory.
@YIMBYwiki, 2 Dec 2017

YIMBYwiki‏ @YIMBYwiki 5:31 AM - 9 Aug 2017
Replying to @TimLundSE26
"yes, 'let the front lines build the strategies, we will systematize & internationalize.' is YIMBYwiki's imperial design."



YIMBYwiki is supported in 2017 by a grant from Better Boulder and Boulder Area Realtors Association. We invite further financial support to continue and expand this project, please contact us at editor (at) yimby.wiki if you're interested. 


Development Roadmap

Development Roadmap:
to-do items and proposed or planned developments.



This project grew out of a October 2016 discussion on the YIMBY Town mailing list (US national YIMBY email list/forum): "The Opposition in Portland has Arrived" (subsequently moved to "YIMBY knowledgebase/wiki (was The Opposition in Portland..). in October 2016.

However, as noted in thread, there have been various previous discussions about idea, and prior related efforts such as the YIMBY Sweden's YIMBY Wiki (see also English version via Google Translate), and the SFBARF FAQ created by San Francisco Bay Area Renters Federation) on Reddit. In 2014, San Francisco housing-finance expert (and SFYIMBY friend!) Fay Darmawi suggested a "HousingWiki" in her article "How Affordable Housing Can Make a Name for Itself (and Why)” (Affordable Housing Finance, March 19, 2014).

On YIMBY Town list, Mike Schiraldi (San Francisco) wrote: 
"I don't want to get off on too much of a tangent, but one of the reasons it's so exciting to see nationwide YIMBY collaboration is that we can jointly build up a body of answers to frequent objections (both good-faith and bad-faith)....Any suggestions as to what sort of storage system might work for such a knowledgebase?"

Following on these conversation, SFYIMBY member Tim McCormick proposed and launched YIMBY.wiki, and continues to lead its development. 

Please support YIMBYwiki.



Editor-in-chief / Admin:
Tim McCormick, San Francisco / Oakland. (on site: Admin / Tmccormick )
Email: editor (at) yimby.wiki. 

Contributing Editor: 
Elise Aymer, Toronto.
+ You. 

Editing/Creating pages

open to anyone, requires account with email confirmation. 
New content/edits go live immediately, though may be reviewed and changed by editors later.  Change logs are reviewed regularly. 

Editing tips & tricks

To stop text from flowing around an image: edit page in Source view place:

<div style="clear: both"></div> 

before the text that should start below the floating image.


Thanks for input & help from: 

Laura Clark - Executive Director of YIMBY Action (member org of SFYIMBY). 
Mike Schiraldi
Jesse Kanson-Benanav - Chairman, A Better Cambridge.
Laura Loe Bernstein - Founder, YIMBY Seattle. 
Ken Hotard - SVP at Boulder Area Realtor Association.
Zane A. Selvans - YIMBY Town, Better Boulder, Boulder Housing Coalition, etc. 

Installation details

To see current complete installation details, see special page: [1].


MediaWiki 1.26.31
+ WYSIWYG extension (WYSIWYG-CKeditor 1.27,  CKEditor 4.5.9) for visual editor. 
+ ShortURL url rewriting set up. 
+ MobileFrontend extension to improve reading/editing on mobile 
   (note, this means some pages like site Main page have an alternate mobile version, for example to show logo which would otherwise not appear on Main in mobile view; so changes to that page need to be edited in both the normal place and a second section below, enclosed in tags. See note on how
+ InputBox extension to make it easier / more obvious how ot create a new page. 
+ Duplicator
+ Nuke
+ EmbedVideo
+ GoogleDocTag
+ Google Analytics