Is NIMBY a Slur?
We’ve all heard the NIMBY word and many Silver Lake Together newsletter readers report
that they’ve been accused of nimbyism and opposing changes in Silver Lake for selfish
reasons. However, as The Urbanist reports, there is a long history of so-called NIMBYs
fighting to prevent environmental dangers. (Think Love Canal). Moreover, the word NIMBY
implies that everyone who opposes a certain community project thinks the same. Case in
point: many residents and stakeholders believe the proposed Reservoirs Master Plan
should do much more to protect the natural habitat of the animals and birds that currently
call the reservoirs home. We think these people who seek to protect nature are
environmentalists and nimbyism and NIMBY should be recognized as the slurs they are.