What a NIMBY believes:
1. All change is for the worse.
Developers propose change.
Clearly therefore, a developer's mission is to harm the world.
This is done through environmental degradation, which is an integral part of every development project.
Therefore, THE BEST PROJECT IS NO PROJECT.
2. More people, anywhere, anytime, are a bad thing:
more people on Earth, more people in the City, more people in the Neighborhood.
How do you reduce the number of people?
Don't know about the Earth or the City, but in my nice Neighborhood, we just keep them out.
If you don't build it, they won't come.
Therefore, THE BEST DEVELOPMENT IS NO DEVELOPMENT.
3. All developers are unscrupulous and greedy.
That they propose to build anything at all is prima facie evidence of unscrupulousness.
That they seek to earn a profit doing so is evidence of their greed.
Building is immoral and profit is dirty.
The fact that politicians often approve projects shows that they are crooked and in bed with developers.
THE ONLY REALLY MORAL THING TO BUILD IS NOTHING.
4. A building project's depravity is directly proportional to its size in general and its height in particular.
A shorter building is always a better building.
The best building is the shortest building.
THE SHORTEST AND BEST BUILDING IS NO BUILDING.
5. Environmentally, the world has been going to hell in a handbasket, perhaps since Adam.
He was the last person to live in a really decent environment.
Therefore, vegetation is always preferable to the works of man. A park is always better than a building.
The City, after all, is merely a failed suburb.
But if you drive wedges of vegetation into the city, it will eventually evolve into Suburbia.
THE BEST CITY IS NO CITY.
6. All good things have already been built.
This is a wicked world, and sometimes we cannot altogether prevent all new building.
In such cases, however, we can insist that what is built should copy its surroundings, only smaller.
If we must suffer new buildings, let them at least look like the ones we already have.
THE ONLY TOLERABLE NEW BUILDING IS ONE THAT LOOKS LIKE AN OLD BUILDING.
Like the one I live in.