Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Mon Sep 21, 2020 11:37 am
From one who as a kid learned what hysteria NIMBY can bring to an initiative, I doubt if they're done yet.
But even those in less wealthy surroundings can also be an effective NIMBY voice. Any around here ever wonder in the Wash area I-95 follows the 495 (Beltway) then, at an inexplicable point diverges North to Baltimore. Ever wonder why I-395 is just a spur ending at NY Ave? Well NIMBYS like Howard University "had their say" and that segment - intended to be the 95 - through a less afluent area of Wash was never completed.
Baltimore is not the only city where nimbys stopped freeway projects. For example, I-40 through Memphis can be added to such a list. But the key thing to remember, these freeways were killed in Federal courts before EPA Act was passed. The EPA’s EIS, DEIS, FEIS, and ROD are all processes designed to get these Federal projects built with appropriate measures initiated for environmental concerns. The key issue being, getting the projects built.
Nimbys have a much harder time killing these projects today in court.
Texas Central HSR is not crossing state or country borders, so there are less Federal regulations and agencies to stop it policy wise. No Federal court has ever stopped a project since the EPA’s process has been implemented over environmental issues.