Sum Up Vanderbilt Yards

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The history of keeping things “out of your back yard” begins with demonstrable adverse health problems caused by pollution, but it does not end there.x  It has advancedx to the critique ofx poorly chosen uses of land, howx the usex affects others over time and the kind of society the uses produce.x  What happens in this section of a growingx Downtown Brooklyn is now one of those questions.x  What quality of society will we produce here?x 

For now, look at it as the collision of two interests, one is private and predictive toward profitable returns and the other is public and prescriptive toward resolving the errors committed in the pursuit of the first interest whether the errors were predicable or not.x  This leeds to expressions of due diligence that prove efforts are made to anticipate damages that are conducted through project approval and evaluation procedures that are capable of constant improvement.x  In this way, living in the world may not be risk free, but the path to it is both predictable and prescribed.x x  To sum up, the community is now like the building in this photo.x 

This photo’s traction for use in articles on the rise of NIMBYism in general has its roots in China.x  I have been unable to source it to a physical location other than the links below- it appears to be Shanghai, but I cannot be certain.x x x Photo sources:x 

Not in My Backyard: China’s Rising Middle Class Growing Environmental Contention.x

Author: Rex

I conduct urban planning services and related research for community-based organizations and other change agents on development issues and concerns.

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