We Are All NIMBYs

posted by Patrick Slevin

Who would have guessed that putting a solar farm on top of an old landfill would spark NIMBY conflict, but that’s what neighbors in a college town in Mass are opposing.  This Amherst Bulletin, We Are All NIMBYs, column is a well written, calmly presented piece, that accounts for change in communities and pauses enough for self-reflection i.e. “how would I respond to this situation if I lived there?” 

The point to take away from this piece is that atrophy is still change, which typically leads to negative consequences more often than not.  Everyone knows the word and imagery of NIMBY, but very few understand the social/political/economic factors that led to it.

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