I think the forces of NIMBYism (not-in-my-backyard reactionaries) might be a significant contributor to holding local and regional economies
back from reaching their potential or for that matter even being self-sustaining; each region has to be able to act and react to changes happening
every three months
in a global marketplace with land use policies and zoning regulations that take years to change, if ever.
Land use processes have been opened up over the last four decades to public participation, which might not be a bad thing except, if carried too far, it can become “democratic abuse”, which is best summed up this way:
“Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner," James Bovard, civil libertarian, 1994
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