Miami Dade County Community Forum

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Nimby: Even on Green Projects.

FPL wanted to put wind turbines near its St. Lucie reactors. The neighbors stopped the project, more content to live near the nuclear reactors than the tall wind turbines.

The New York Times reported that two groups have filed suit in New York to remove a bike path:

But some supporters of high-profile green projects like these say the problem is just plain old Nimbyism — the opposition by residents to a local development of the sort that they otherwise tend to support.

“It’s really pretty innocuous — it’s a bike lane, for goodness’ sake — their resistance has been incredibly frustrating,” said Walter Hook, executive director of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy  in Manhattan and an expert on sustainable transport. He lives in Brooklyn and uses the Prospect Park West bike lane to get around.

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