NIMBYs Killing Urban Projects

Successful TOD strategies don't happen in this NW DC neighborhood, which is accomplished in stopping good mixed-use projects like this library proposal.
July 10, 2003, 12pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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What makes a good Metro neighborhood? Less density, smaller public spaces, fewer residents, and no affordable housing is the recipe for some Tenleytown residents. The latest -- refusing to try a new library with upstairs residential and office. DC government fails to provide leadership. "[...] do not underestimate the power of the oddest of cults, urban dwellers who believe that they inhabit some sylvan glade where nothing more shall be built -- ever. Purportedly liberal, these creatures reveal themselves to be fiercely conservative whenever it appears that other human beings might move into their neighborhood."

Thanks to Christopher Forinash

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Published on Tuesday, July 8, 2003 in The Washington Post
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