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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
NIMBY PRIMER / JUDGE EVERY ISSUE ON ITS MERITS
Recent example of a Target Express mini-store in an urban Minneapolis area.
By MAXINE NIMBY
ON TARGET—As MidCity consumers let us judge the
merits of any project (retail or residential) that is being proposed in the
in point: Is the arrival of the proposed Target Express store (14% of the big
store) good for South Park or any MidCity neighborhood?
the landlords could have done a better job reaching out to the community to learn
what the residents of the area thought was needed in that space. But they didn’t
have to--so they didn’t.
as citizens, we have a right to express opinions to the landlord and the city
in many cases landlords have been swayed by organized and civil public opinion.
of us can contribute to the public debate, however the media should understand
voices of the few do not represent the community as a whole.
ourselves are the naysayers the usual NIMBYs or are the voices in opposition
coming from organized opposition, including civic clubs in the area, community
associations, respected residents and the in place community planning groups?
before we grab the tar and feathers to swab NIMBYs or the landlord, let’s drop
Councilman Todd Gloria a note stating our thoughts.Input is key.We elect district representation to speak for us.That’s why we pay them the big bucks, right?
let’s ask ourselves a couple of questions.Honest answers will probably be enough to sway you to a decision.
I shop at the newbie business being proposed?
the products offered something that the MAJORITY of the neighborhood could use?
this business have a good reputation?Are the owners good neighbors in other communities?
the parking lot be available for neighboring business to use?
the new business be of wider service to the whole community than the previous
the previous business be sorely missed?Hardly missed?
1997, North Park News led a huge
editorial campaign to keep a big box out of North Park because the big box was
gobbling up a prime one block stretch of University Avenue and that big box was
turning its back on the street—walling off one block.
community didn’t let the newspaper speak for them.Instead many banded together as diverse
groups with the same agenda.Many spoke
at community association meetings; many spoke at citizens planning groups, many
offered feedback on what alternative ideas the space could be used for.
that way, the community was truly united.
community groups made stands.
fathers and mothers listened.
kept the big box out of North Park.
no one waited until an anti-spokesman
could be found.