Monday, May 19, 2008

The Good and Bad of NIMBY

I've come to the conclusion that NIMBY has at least one virtue: it is proof that we've become wealthy and prosperous enough that we can afford to keep various productive activities out of our backyards without massive consequences.

On the other hand, if taken far enough, NIMBY could kill the goose that lays the golden egg; i.e. any business that someone finds offensive will be run or kept out of town thereby destroying or preventing prosperity. See Marlin, Texas for an example.

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