NIMBY or genuine concern?

At the outset, a disclaimer: Land use and urban planning are incredibly complex topics that cannot be covered in a single book, let alone a single post. These issues are deeply interrelated and tangled up with each other and I will be making some simplifications or overly broad statements here for the sake of sticking […]

Whose backyard, then?

Naomi Oreskes recently wrote a passionate defense of the NIMBY in which she missed two key components of an important discussion. She confused entirely reasonable environmental concerns that extend to larger social issues with selfish individuals obsessed with preventing the ‘despoliation’ of their personal fantasylands, and she failed to discuss the larger class and race implications of […]