From what I've seen in the City of London, the problem begins when a certain area of town is designated as the place for all these kinds of projects, together with the social services and halfway houses. The wealthy end of town doesn't even have to protest or fight against such development, because they live too far out in the suburbs. It's not practicle for those in need of affordable housing to live in places that require a vehicle.
So working class nieghborhoods end up having a disproportionate amount of projects-- some of them unfairly seen as undesirable, some that are undeniably undesirable-- visited upon them, and since they can't go to the Country Club or a cocktail party to complain behind closed doors with the decision makers, their complaints are public.
It's like the last civic election in Toronto when the idea of a waste incinerator was brought up by John Tory. Miller asked him where abouts in Rosedale would he like to locate it, and the issue was dropped.
So, where abouts in Rosedale would the author like to move his affordable housing project to?
I'm not sure there is a perfect solution to this kind of nimbyism, part of it certainly lies in educating the public concerning projects that aren't bad but are seen to be. Being able to illustrate to a neighborhood that every other neighborhood is sharing half way houses, affordable housing etc in fair manner would also go a long way in reducing objections.
[ 14 July 2004: Message edited by: Tommy_Paine ]