I love the grand irony. They wanted to prevent minor commercial development; now they get low-income housing.
Star Trek changed everything, as William Shatner once reminded us in a classic routine about Star Wars, but one thing neither sci-fi world could change was the NIMBYism of Marin County, California. Despite the fact that George Lucas is perhaps Marin’s pre-eminent citizen, prolonged local opposition to his proposal to build a new film studio on his large ranch land has led him finally to let out a Wookie-howl and abandon the project and build it somewhere else. The local Marin NIMBYs have been blocking Lucas’s expansion plans at every turn for more than 20 years, despite concessions and modifications to minimize the impact his studio facilities would have, such as permanently preserving 95 percent of his land as open space, and spending multiple millions to restore a local stream.
But as Trek taught us, revenge is a dish best served cold, and Lucas is going to let his land revert to its original zoned purpose—residential development. But not just any residential development: low-income housing. That should put a few foul bubbles in Marin hot tubs. (These are the folks, after all, who opted out of the BART rail transit system back in the 1970s because You Know Who rides the subway.)
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