All politics is local — Ottawa lawyer yells just say no to the NIMBYs

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Sometimes the frustrations of fighting NIMBYism spill over, and Michael Polowin, a land use attorney in Ottawa, felt he just had to vent his spleen. A small proposal for 10 townhouses ran into opposition despite Ottawa’s embrace of intensification to plan for less urban sprawl and more use of existing infrastructure.

His account in the Ottawa Citizen illustrates the concepts that 1) all politics are local and 2) all planning is political. Eventually a compromise was reached, but the frustrations ring out loud and clear.

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