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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.


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