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Yet another weird SF fan

Wednesday, August 13, 2003

More NIMBYism

Apparently, normally green celebrities are against wind power next door (seen via Asymmetrical Information). All I have to say is: When you ride to a protest against wind power, you ride with Osama.

By the way, NIMBY rhetoric usually includes horrible-sounding scenarios. Has anybody tried checking how many of these scenarios actually took place? I know of an un-horror story that took place near my house. A few years ago, some real-estate developers wanted to build a new shopping center and movie theater nearby. Some of my neighbors went into anti-American mode and opposed it. (Apparently the riff-raff were about to move in and ruin the supposed character of the neighborhood and cause The End of the Neighborhood as We Know It. They even got eight-year-old puppets to throw fizzling arguments instead of fizzling bombs.) Even despite local opposition, a court (run by someone similar to Judge Naragansett) said that the developers could build on their own property. The neighborhood is still there anyway.

Come to think of it, the Arab opposition to Israel can be considered a type of NIMBYism …


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