Here we have what someone has called NIMBYism Distillate:
Distillate is defined as “a purified form; an essence.”
Yes, I think that’s the right word. I need to learn more about the project referenced by this poster, but I already know what I am seeing.
Let these fliers be an ongoing reminder of what happens when the Seattle City Council coddles growth opponents; they grow in strength.
Here’s what Mike O’Brien said about the same ilk when they appeared to squash regulatory form:
People who live in vibrant, walkable urban centers like Capitol Hill are the people we need on board to guide the future development of the city. We clearly don’t have them on board today.
Councilmembers’ road to political success is not, however, paved with support from the “neighborhoods.” But it is true that when politicians pander for votes or personal approval, people remember; and they’ll repeat the banal trope, “there was no input from the neighborhood.”
For me, the story of O’Brien’s willingness to cave to the “neighborhoods” opposition to regulatory reform is sad personally. I met with him and asked him how he’d deal with these things. He assured me he’d do the right thing. Instead he’s proven malleable in the face of pressure from “neighborhoods” and remarkably thin skinned to my criticism of him.
But more importantly, when he reversed himself on regulatory reform and talked (wrongly) about the lack of involvement from neighborhood people in that effort he gave comfort to the worst tendency in people, fear.
I hope, notwithstanding his irritation with me, that he’ll change his course, become more bold, and perhaps lead his Council colleagues to listen less and do more. It’s a hope, which, I’ve been learning, is intention without attachment.