Like any speciality, urbanists (particularly urban planners) have developed their own language. A central part of this language is the alphabet soup of acronym.
Here is a list of 10 of the most popular acronyms used by urbanists, planners and developers to describe their clients, adversaries or projects.
- BED: Bleed ‘em Dry—a common tactic used by planners to “fix” a project they don’t like.
- CAVE[people]: Citizens Against Virtually Everything
- CRAVE[rs]: Citizens Radically Against Virtually Everything
- DIFF: Do It For Free
- DBTD: Death By a Thousand Days—another common tactic used by planners to “fix” a project they don’t like.
- DBTN: Death By a Thousand Nicks—yet another common tactic used by planners to “fix” a project they don’t like. Related to BED.
- DUDE: Developer Under Delusions of Entitlement
- KISS: Keep it Simple Stupid
- LULU: Locally Unwanted Land Use
- MIGA: Make It Go Away
- MISE: Move It Somewhere Else
- NIMBY: Not in my backyard—stay tuned for a special post on the various spinoffs of this popular acronym.
- RUID: Review Until It Dies
- SLAPP: Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation
- WIIFM: What’s in it for me?
For a hilarious example of many of these acronyms in action, check out Planetizens’ The Three Local Builders: A Modern Fairy Tale in Plannerese.