We had a hearing for a rezoning for a large video chain. This was going to replace several run-down properties. Most of the site was zoned commercial, but three lots were zoned multi-family. The proposal flew through P&Z with no opposition. In between P&Z and City Council, word got out that the store had a "back room" with adult films. One person said something like this "once the Trojan Horse is wheeled into the gates of the city, the bottom will open and all sorts of filth will be disgorged from the bowels of the Trojan Horse and flow throughout the town" One other person cried at the loss of the innocence of our city. The controversy caused one party to back out of a signed purchase agreement, so the council, eager to dodge that bullet tabled the issue.
This was going to be a nice in-fill development, so most likely it will move out to the fringe where it can be built by right. How do we get people to see the whole picture? What role do you see NIMBYism playing in the causes of sprawl?