love when people make no distinction whatsoever between NIMBYism that opposes the construction of low-income housing, hostels, shelters, and other services/amenities benefiting “undesirable” populations and “NIMBYism” that opposes the destruction of libraries, parks, AIDS hospices, small businesses, and low-income or rent-regulated housing to make way for fucking luxury condos
I thought of this research when I saw Time‘s 1-minute illustration of the rise of earthquakes in Oklahoma. To sum, thanks to the particular type of oil drilling done there, the state is now “one of the most seismic places on the planet.” There were 21 earthquakes in 2005. In 2015, there were 5,957. Nine hundred of these were magnitude 3 or higher.
I am trying to imagine what would happen if an industry caused almost 6,000 extra earthquakes annually (and growing) in or near a city America cared about. I’ve lived in Los Angeles and New York and, I can’t be sure but, I suspect politicians there might be quicker to interfere with business practices. And, if they weren’t, the political power of residents of those cities might force them to.
“But it’s just Oklahoma,” is apparently the refrain. Who cares if the oil companies’ saltwater disposal wells are causing the houses of hillbillies to shake? Apparently Okies don’t have anything — aren’t anybody — worth protecting. At least, not over the rights of corporations.
“Tenafly officials, residents vow to fight light-rail plan
Tuesday, January 24, 2012.
By Karen Rouse.
TENAFLY, New Jersey — Residents and officials on Tuesday blasted a plan to extend the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail through the community, saying it would bring pollution, accidents and noisy train horns. NJ Transit is considering a plan to extend its electric trolley system 12 miles from North Bergen through Ridgefield, Palisades Park, Leonia, Englewood and Tenafly. The added mass transit is needed, officials say, to alleviate congestion, boost economic opportunities for communities along the corridor, and provide a new transit option, particularly for people who do not have vehicles.
Projections show that bringing light rail to Tenafly would draw close to 12,000 passengers. If the line ends in Englewood, it would draw close to 10,000. Mayor Peter Rustin spoke Tuesday at the Tenafly rail station, now a cafe, before the first of two hearings held by NJ Transit on the project. Rustin, flanked by more than two dozen citizens, half of them holding "STOP the LIGHT RAIL in TENAFLY"signs. Rustin said any attempts by NJ Transit to restore light rail service in the borough "will be met by the stiffest resistance possible.”
Rustin described NJ Transit as a powerful state agency that has overlooked and ignored concerns by Tenafly that the project would tear $8 million in commercial property - which generate $200,000 thousand in revenue - out of the town in order to make room for the rail system, parking and two stations.
“The project has been designed with total disregard for the concerns of the residences and businesses in Tenafly,” Rustin said. Police Chief Michael Bruno told NJ Transit officials at the afternoon hearing that he was “deeply troubled” by what he described as the agency’s unfulfilled promises to “be in contact” about plans to extend the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system 12 miles north into Tenafly. Now, he said, he understands what the term, “We’re being railroaded means.”
A total of about 520 people attended the afternoon and evening sessions at the Clinton Inn. The overwhelming majority were from Tenafly – and opposed to light rail within the city. NJ Transit officials were there only to receive comment from the public, not engage in debate.
One speaker questioned what would happen when light rail riders needed to use a restroom and there were none on the vehicles. Another said borough police would be overwhelmed with light rail-related traffic accidents.A Closter man who voiced support for the project was heckled to the point that police had to intervene and quiet two audience members. Some members of the public chose to leave written comments only or talk privately with a NJ Transit stenographer.
Tenafly Council members Martha Kerge and Nadia LaMastra warned that the town would take legal action if NJ Transit sought to bring rail to Tenafly.“
CAVE People (an initialism for Citizens Against Virtually Everything) is a pejorative acronym for citizen activists who regularly oppose any changes within a community. The phenomenon is linked to the so-called NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) phenomenon in which residents oppose a development as being inappropriate for their local area. (via sleevia)
Do not like: The city’s proposal to build a new 22-storey apartment building right behind 90 Eastdale Ave. Not looking forward to never-ending construction, overcrowded schools. Maybe by the time construction gets started, I’ll have already moved out?
One Seattlish editor spied this poster in Ballard last night. It’s really lovely and we’d like a copy for our home. Also pretty cool to see Ballard repping something other than insensitive, devoid-of-empathy NIMBYism.
Does anyone know who made this? And where we can get one? We’d like to buy the artist a drink.