been thinking a lot lately, for obvious reasons, about the loudest voices in the room about issues like housing & transit.
specifically with housing, the voices missing from the conversation will always be of those most affected - those who've already been priced out of town & those neighbors we'll never have because of the existing "neighborhood character" cultivated by terrible policy.
the longer it goes on, the worse it gets - it's a self perpetuating problem. the loud cries of those who want to protect neighborhood character drown out their neighbors in meetings until they physically push them all the way out of town.
there are coming catastrophes that will necessitate discomfort and sacrifice for everyone. it's already here for a huge number of people, but the people who've been lucky enough to be insulated from that suffering loudly decry any change that forces them to face that reality!
people who don't want to lose the on-street parking in front of their $750,000 house to a bike lane refuse to see that they're gonna lose a lot more than a convenient place for visitors to park during dinner parties if we don't do something about car culture.
i'm not saying we shouldn't hear public comment. i'm just saying the petty tyrants of the neighborhood associations can kick and scream all they want, but local governments can't let them compromise our futures for the comfort of the nextdoor mods.

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