Mark Dorosin on residential segregation and environmental injustice


One of the things I've recognized

in my (almost) six years on our Town's Planning Board is that NIMBY crosses political party lines virtually unnoticed. A few days before the election in my recent campaign for Alderman I tried to have a reasoned discussion about the need for affordable housing, and it cost me numerous votes.

Two major themes emerged from people who opposed the idea, a) They can go live somewhere else, and b) My property values will plummet. Many of those same people talked about how they had struggled with housing affordability back in the day (so they should have understood), and how they had "worked hard" to get where they are and didn't want to lose it.

In other words, I got mine, to hell with other people. We have to stop thinking like that.

This is the thing I most detest

From Trump and Tillis on down, the willingness of human beings to piss on other human beings without a second's thought.