A New Anti-NIMBY Site Pops Up: “In My Backyard”

by Borderstan.com January 30, 2013 at 9:00 am 2 Comments


The proposed liquor license moratorium for 14th and U Streets NW.

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

The heated debate over liquor licensing between some local residents and neighborhood businesses is nothing new to the Borderstan area. However, a recent push from two neighborhood groups to establish a liquor license moratorium zone for the 14th and U Street NW corridor added fuel to the already lit fire.

The proposed moratorium appears to be the reason behind a new anti-NIMBY website, In My Backyard. This site, whose owner is only given as “Michael,” is “a group designed to counter the small-but-powerful NIMBYs in your neighborhood,” according to a message on the landing page.

“What an amazingly stupid idea,” wrote one commentator, in reference to Borderstan’s piece about the proposed moratorium, posted January 22. “Let’s distort the market and discourage further development. If these people need something better to do with their free time, maybe they could do some volunteer work around the area. I’m sure there are some kids who could use tutors.”

Another commentator wrote, “Harming and estranging local small businesses takes away both their incentive and the financial wherewithal to meet the expense burden of sustaining a business-oriented entity such as a BID.”

One commentator posted a link to an opposing petition on the matter. So far there are 775 supporting signatures. (See New Citizens’ Organization Seeks Different Path for 14th Uand Online Petition Opposing Liquor License Moratorium Draws Support.)

Of the 22 commenters on Borderstan’s story,  none spoke in favor of the moratorium.

In My Backyard

In My Backyard says, “It has been too easy for small groups that do not represent most DC residents to derail any kind of new development in DC,” says the website’s homepage. “With just a few signatures and some complaining, these groups successfully stop businesses and homebuilders from serving the needs of DC residents. It’s my opinion that DC will be better off with more options for consumers, not fewer.”

According the website, its primary function is to submit petitions and comments to City Council, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions and the Alcohol Beverage Control Board in support of the new developments that “can provide homes and jobs for our growing community.”

So what say you, Borderstan? Are these comments and is this website representative of the majority of the neighborhood’s feelings? Or is the issue of liquor licensing a divided issue in the neighborhood?

And “Michael,” email me — we’d like to interview you.

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  • Logan Circlite

    It’s fairly clear that the extraordinary population growth in the neighborhood over the past 10 years is testament to the desirability of a vibrant urban environment! Community reaction to the ludicrous proposed moratorium is proof of that.

    In addition to a diversity of retail businesses we enjoy and which serve our needs, we often find ourselves waiting for a table or a bar stool at local venues. With a couple thousand more people moving into new development along 14th Street alone – not to mention all the other areas included in the massive proposed moratorium zone – we need more places to socialize, not less!

    The only thing a moratorium will produce is a protracted fight, renewed every few years, splitting the majority of residents against a vocal but unrepresentative minority.

  • Jacksom

    I support this site 100%. I believe NIMBYs can be very selfish and closed minded with their demands. We live in a rapidly growing city. We need the housing, infrastructure, and recreational options to support this growth.


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