Friday Question of the Day – Does NIMBYism Get a Bad Rap? (reader submitted)

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“Dear PoPville,

I think NIMBYism is getting a bad rap!

At one time, people celebrated the ability of local people to join together to pursue the good of the community. It’s said that we’ve loss this sense of community, that people are selfish, self-centered, and uninterested in the lives of others around them.

But most cases of NIMBYism are active residents fighting big, powerful corporations, developers or City Hall who are looking for short-sighted, quick profit, or political gain at the expense of unorganized, politically weak communities. Most NIMBY fights are against things you really shouldn’t want in your back yard – liquor stores, demolition of historic properties, strip clubs, and dumping of pollution, noise, etc. It’s like people forgot the concept of zoning!?!”

Do you think NIMBYism is getting a bad rap? If so why and what will it take to allow for “local people to join together to pursue the good of the community”?

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