I heard an interesting conversation on Sirius talk radio in the car today:
A caller brought up the issue of NIMBYs and how they directly conflict with private property rights, something we are supposed to be guaranteed in our great nation. He put it very simply: If you don't like what your neighbor is doing with his house or his property, then go ahead and buy it. Unless and until you own it, you have NO RIGHT to tell anyone else what they can or cannot do with their private property.
He then told a great story: He lives adjacent to 15 acres of woods that are going to be developed. The neighborhood formed a NIMBY group and came to his house asking if they could walk through his yard to access the property and hunt for code violations or any other excuse to protest the development. They explained that the woods are "theirs" and they don't want anything built there.
Well, he said "NO." You cannot come onto my property, because those woods are NOT "yours." Unless and until you BUY that property, you have absolutely NO RIGHT to tell the rightful owner what he can or cannot do.
Let that be a message to the ever-increasingly whiny NIMBYs who have taken over Scottsdale and oppose every last thing, for no apparent reason other than their own personal envy that someone else is actually doing what they want to do. And let's remember in the upcoming election that we can choose a president who will nominate judges who will allow NIMBY groups to get their way, allow eminent domain abuse, and other private property violations. Or we can elect a president who will nominate judges who will enforce the Constitution as originally written and intended.
The choice is yours.