Thursday, December 18, 2008

Lack of mass transit cited as reason for denying chabad house expansion.

Not that Chabad is my favorite organization or anything, but it's the principle of the thing.

Locals Oppose Jewish Developments
Posted by: Judy Chang
18 December 2008 - 5:00am

Around already-overdeveloped parts of Los Angeles, large developments planned by Chabad and other Jewish organizations have been facing some strong local opposition.

...'It's like, give us a break, there's no public transportation here, there's no parking here, and now you just keep making it worse,' Stone said. 'None of us are opposed to Chabad . . . Chabad is a wonderful organization; they do unbelievable things. They just can't do it all right here.'"

The lone comment at the time of this posting says this:

The usual NIMBY scam
Submitted by Michael Lewyn on 18 December 2008 - 6:27am.

Here's how it works:

1. Oppose infill development because there's not enough transit.

2. Oppose transit because area not dense enough for transit- overlooking, of course, the fact that the only reason its not dense enough is that you in step 1, you prevented it from becoming dense enough!

Lack of Mass Transit will become more and more of a factor in all of our decision making processes. What's sad is that it's going to be used to keep religious people from meeting our community's needs. Instead of big giant schools and shuls we need more smaller, more localized neighborhood shuls and co-ops and collection points for charitable donations and farmer's markets and home businesses and so on and so forth - all of which will be opposed by the neighbors due to "lack of transit and parking."

This is one reason why we need to lobby very hard to make sure that electric mass transit is brought to every neighborhood. Even if the transit is not electric, it's still better than nothing. Every community and neighborhood NEEDS to make every effort to get mass transit to their area and serve their population. If your neighborhood or community cannot get the local or state government to implement mass transit to the areas you need it, then you will have to implement it yourselves for yourselves. There is simply no other option. Mass transit is something your area needs, whether you realize it now or not. By the time it becomes glaringly obvious, it will be even more expensive to buy rechargeable busses or trolleys and implement a plan. So don't wait until you're in a "deer in the headlights" situation. Your neighborhood or community needs to plan for the future now.

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