Sometimes, historic preservationists really are NIMBYs

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Historic preservation types often get accused of being NIMBY, particularly now when Edward Glaeser and his ilk think everything should be knocked down and replaced with 40 storey towers.

Sometimes, the accusers are right, like in Brooklyn now, where residents in the tony Fort Greene and Clinton Hill districts are complaining that they "don't want their ritzy, tree-lined streets blemished with unsightly blue advertisements-on-wheels." According to Gothamist,

The Landmarks Preservation Commission says that the stations are just fine, since the landmarks law generally allows advertising in historic districts—including on street fixtures like bus shelters, pay toilets and newsstands. "We approved the plan for the installation of bike share stations in historic districts throughout the city because they have no effect on the historic fabric of those neighborhoods," said Elisabeth de Bourbon, the commission's communications director.

Velib stationParis Velib station/ Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0

They don't have a problem with bike share stations in historic Paris. Oh, right, they are not blue. Reading comments, it is pretty clear that it all about the parking spaces that are being lost to the bikes, spaces where residents parked their historically appropriate Hupmobiles. There are a lot of people around who think that preservation and sustainability go together, that, as Steve Mouzon puts it, they are the Original Green. They wouldn't be fighting a bikeshare program.

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