Strange cases of NIMBYism

Putting individual interests first can hurt the greater public good

A recent editorial in my local paper crowed, "Nothing like people power to stop a cell tower," referring to a very upscale neighborhood whose residents had managed to block a cell phone company’s plans to build a cell phone mast.

"The people," it continued, "have won big … rallying to keep the cell tower (designed to look like a tree) from ‘taking root’ in their neighborhood."