Not in My Back Yard!


Two weeks ago, former first lady Nancy Reagan withdrew her support from a proposed drug treatment and research center in Los Angeles because of community opposition. Residents of the Lake View Terrace neighborhood had fought the project for more than a year, saying it would damage their property values and attract more crime and drugs to their streets. Frustrated planners and developers call this new kind of citizen power NIMBY, for Not In My Back Yard, and some think it has gone too far. Is citizen power truly hampering progress, or is it just adding a healthy dose of caution to the process of development?

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