NIMBY, an acronym for the phrase “not in my back yard“, or Nimby, is a characterization of opposition by residents to proposed developments in their local area, as well as support for strict land use regulations. It carries the connotation that such residents are only opposing the development because it is close to them and that they would tolerate or support it if it were built farther away. The residents are often called Nimbys, and their viewpoint is called Nimbyism.
Examples of projects likely to be opposed include any sort of housing development, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, skyscrapers, homeless shelters, oil wells, chemical plants, oil and chemical pipelines, industrial parks, military bases, sewage treatment systems, fracking, wind turbines, desalination plants, landfill sites, incinerators, power plants, quarries, prisons, pubs, adult entertainment clubs, concert venues, firearms dealers, mobile phone masts, electricity pylons, abortion clinics, children’s homes, nursing homes, youth hostels, sports stadiums, shopping malls, retail parks, discount stores, public schools, railways, hospitals, highway expansions, airports, seaports, grocery stores, nuclear waste repositories, storage for weapons of mass destruction, cannabis dispensaries, recreational cannabis shops, methadone clinics, and the accommodation of persons applying for asylum, refugees, and displaced persons.
The NIMBY concept may also be applied to people who advocate some proposal (e.g., budget cuts, tax increases, layoffs, immigration or energy conservation) but oppose implementing it in a way that might affect their lives or require any sacrifice on their part.
Developments likely to attract local objections include:
- Infrastructure development, such as new roads and motorway service areas, light rail and metro lines, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, airports, power plants, retail developments, sales of public assets, electrical transmission lines, wastewater treatment plants, landfills, sewage outfalls and prisons;
- The extraction of mineral resources including ore, aggregates and hydrocarbons from mines, quarries and oil wells or gas wells, respectively;
- Renewable energy generators, such as wind farms and solar panels;
- Businesses trading in goods perceived as immoral, such as adult video, liquor stores, and medical cannabis dispensaries;
- Accommodations perceived as primarily benefiting disadvantaged people, such as subsidized housing for the financially disadvantaged, supportive housing for the mentally ill, halfway houses for drug addicts and criminals, and homeless shelters for those with no fixed address;
- Services catering to certain stigmatized groups (for example, injection drug users), such as methadone clinics, syringe exchange programmes, drug detoxification facilities, supervised injection site;
- Large-scale developments of all kinds, such as big-box stores and housing subdivisions.
The claimed reasons against these developments vary, and some are given below.
- Increased traffic: more jobs, more housing or more stores correlates to increased traffic on local streets and greater demand for parking spots. Industrial facilities such as warehouses, factories, or landfills often increase the volume of truck traffic.
- Harm to locally owned small businesses: the development of a big box store may provide too much competition to a locally owned store; similarly, the construction of a new road may make the older road less traveled, leading to a loss of business for property owners. This can lead to excessive relocation costs, or to loss of respected local businesses.
- Loss of residential property value: homes near an undesirable development may be less desirable for potential buyers. The lost revenue from property taxes may, or may not, be offset by increased revenue from the project.
- Environmental pollution of land, air, and water: power plants, factories, chemical facilities, crematoriums, sewage treatment facilities, airports, and similar projects may—or may be claimed to—contaminate the land, air, or water around them. Especially facilities assumed to smell might cause objections.
- Light pollution: projects that operate at night, or that include security lighting (such as street lights in a parking lot), may be accused of causing light pollution.
- Noise pollution: in addition to the noise of traffic, a project may inherently be noisy. This is a common objection to wind power, airports, roads, and many industrial facilities, but also stadiums, festivals, and nightclubs which are particularly noisy at night when locals want to sleep.
- Visual blight and failure to “blend in” with the surrounding architecture: the proposed project might be ugly or particularly large, or cast a shadow over an area due to its height.
- Loss of a community’s small-town feel: proposals that might result in new people moving into the community, such as a plan to build many new houses, are often claimed to change the community’s character.
- Strain of public resources and schools: this reason is given for any increase in the local area’s population, as additional school facilities might be needed for the additional children, but particularly to projects that might result in certain kinds of people joining the community, such as a group home for people with disabilities, or immigrants.
- Disproportionate benefit to non-locals: the project appears to benefit distant people, such as investors (in the case of commercial projects like factories or big-box stores) or people from neighboring areas (in the case of regional government projects, such as airports, highways, sewage treatment, or landfills).
- Increases in crime: this is usually applied to projects that are perceived as attracting or employing low-skill workers or racial minorities, as well as projects that cater to people who are thought to often commit crimes, such as the mentally ill, the poor, and drug addicts. Additionally, certain types of projects, such as pubs or medical marijuana dispensaries, might be perceived as directly increasing the amount of crime in the area.
- Risk of an (environmental) disaster, such as with drilling operations, chemical industry, dams, or nuclear power plants.
- Historic areas: the affected area is on a heritage register, because of its many older properties that are being preserved as such.
Generally, many NIMBY objections are guessed or feared, because objections are more likely to be successful before construction starts. It is often too late to object to the project after its completion, since new additions are unlikely to be reversed.
As hinted by the list, protests can occur for opposite reasons. A new road or shopping center can cause increased traffic and work opportunities for some, and decreased traffic for others, harming local businesses.
People in an area affected by plans sometimes form an organization which can collect money and organize the objection activities. NIMBYists can hire a lawyer to file formal appeals, and contact media to gain public support for their case.
Not in my neighborhood
The term Not in my neighborhood, or NIMN, is also frequently used. “NIMN” additionally refers to legislative actions or private agreements made with the sole purpose of maintaining racial identity within a particular neighborhood or residential area by forcefully keeping members of other races from moving into the area. In that regard, “Not in My Neighborhood,” by author and journalist Antero Pietila, describes the toll NIMN politics had on housing conditions in Baltimore throughout the 20th century and the systemic, racially based citywide separation it caused.
Read more here: NIMBY – Wikipedia
A transgender inmate who was transferred from a male prison to a female prison facility is alleged to have raped fellow inmates.
The biological male was blocked from being transferred back to a male prison, following the incident, as the decision was reportedly overruled by the governor’s office, according to Illinois Times.
Charlottenborg Palace (Danish: Charlottenborg Slot) is a large town mansion located on the corner of Kongens Nytorv and Nyhavn in Copenhagen, Denmark. Originally built as a residence for Ulrik Frederik Gyldenløve, it has served as the base of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts since its foundation in 1754. Today it also houses Kunsthal Charlottenborg, an institution for contemporary art, and Danmarks Kunstbibliotek, the Royal Art Library.
The site was donated by King Christian V to his half brother Ulrik Frederik Gyldenløve on 22 March 1669 in connection with the establishment of Kongens Nytorv. Gyldenløve built his new mansion from 1672 to 1683 as the first building on the new square.
The main wing and two lateral wings were built from 1672 to 1677, probably under the architect Ewert Janssen. In 1783 mansion was extended with a rear, fourth wing was designed by Lambert van Haven . The bricks used were brought from Kalø Castle in Jutland which Gyldenløve owned and had pulled down.
In his old age, the large mansion became too big for Gyldenløve who sold it to the dowager queen Charlotte Amalie in 1700, hence the name. Gyldenløve built a new, smaller mansion on the corner of Bredgade and Dronningens Tværgade which became known as “Gyldenløve’s little mansion”, now Moltke’s Mansion, after a later owner, where he lived until his death in 1705.
After King Christian V´s death in 1699 the Queen Mother, Charlotte Amalie, purchased the Palace for 50,000 Danish crowns and it was renamed Charlottenborg Palace. In 1714, when the Queen Dowager died, the place was passed to King Christian VI. Renovations began in 1736-1737, and its use and users shifted for a period of time. A small theater was constructed and used for various concerts, operas and theatrical performances. The Palace Garden contained the Botanical Garden between 1778 – 1872.
The Royal Danish Academy of Arts
In 1701, the old Academy of Arts began its activities in the Palace. The small school slowly grew and was finally formally inaugurated in the Charlottenborg Palace on March 31, 1754. In 1787, the ownership of the Palace was transferred to The Royal Danish Academy of Art. The Academy still occupies the Palace.
Charlottenborg is a four-winged, three-storey building designed in the Dutch Baroque style but also with some Italian influence. The main wing towards the square has a central risalit flanked by two more pronounced, two-bay corner risalit. All three are topped by balustrades. The central risalit is decorated with Corinthian pilasters and a Tuscan/Doric portal with balcony The facade has sandstone decorations and window pediments.
The lower rear wing consists of three pavilions. The central pavilion has a Tuscan arcade below, niches with busts above, and a lantern on the copper-covered roof.
The floor plan is reminiscent of French castles. It has a piano nobile with a banquet hall above the main entrance, with access to the balcony, a ground floor with lower ceilings, and a second floors for servants with even lower ones. This arrangement became characteristic of mansions and upper-class town houses in the entire 18th century.
In the rear wing, above the arcade, there is a well-preserved domed Baroque room with a splendid stucco ceiling.
More to come.
The southern side of Nyhavn in Indre By in Copenhagen. At the left the exhibition hall Charlottenborg.
Rescue videos are almost as important as the actual seal rescue. Almost. The rescue still comes first. We need the videos to educate people and to increase awareness for plastic pollution and ocean rubbish, and the suffering we are causing with our own negligence. But we are not Youtube Content Creators – we are rescuers. And when the rescuers came across those two baby seals bound together by fishing line, they wanted to act as fast as possible to get them out of their horrible situation. If they had reached the water before Tony was able to grab at least one of them, we likely would not have seen them again. Not all parts of the rescue were recorded, but you have probably seen enough of our rescue videos to imagine what could have happened to those seals without our intervention.
You will see Alan (and especially his feet) from Now Now Media – he is part of the documentary team that is working on a feature documentary on OCN and seal rescues. He was itching to jump in with Tony and help with the rescue, but Tony asked him to stay back because he wanted to wait for Denzil. It was clear that this rescue was very difficult and out of the ordinary and Denzil has simply more experience than Alan.
The lightning test provider Medicals Nordic has been reported by the Danish Data Protection Agency to the police for having processed confidential health information without the necessary data security.
That’s what the regulator says in a press release.
Medicals Nordic has been set for a fine of DKK 600,000, it says.
According to Allan Frank, a lawyer and IT security specialist at the Danish Data Protection Agency, they take the matter very seriously because it concerns sensitive information.
- When you are entrusted with processing citizens’ health information, there is a responsibility to take very good care of them, and this has not been done in this case, says Allan Frank, a lawyer at the Danish Data Protection Agency.
According to the regulator, employees of the quick test provider have used private phones to send confidential information about citizens to the company through the whatsApp app.
WhatsApp is a digital communication platform.
This has meant that all employees who, in the Opinion of the Danish Data Protection Agency, have not had a working need to process this information have had access to it.
The information included, among other things, social security numbers and other personal health information about citizens who had just been tested for COVID-19.
The Danish Data Protection Agency has also found that employees who have no longer been employed have continued to be able to access the data in the WhatsApp groups.
This is because the company has not had sufficient access control of the groups, which have been set up for each of the four test centres that it has operated during the pandemic, according to the Danish Data Protection Agency.
In assessing that a fine should be imposed, emphasis has primarily been placed on the intentional nature of the data breaches, as Medicals Nordic has not carried out the necessary risk assessments prior to the work.
Siemens Gamesa has accumulated 750 tons of prototype wind turbine blades in Aalborg over the past decade, as it has not been possible to recycle them for other production.
A collaboration between Stena Recycling and Siemens Gamesa ensures that these previous test wings are now released for recycling. This is stated by the parties in a press release.
Stena Recycling has over 3,000 employees in 200 departments in 10 countries and collaborates with partners who, like Stena Recycling itself, invest in the latest waste technology and know-how. For the wind turbine blades, this means that they are sent for a trip to Germany.
Once a wind turbine is exhausted, it is taken down. Aalborg has collected the end-of-life blades, which until now could not be recycled. The end-of-life wind turbine blades are transported by special transport to Stena Recycling’s partner, where a +40 ton excavator with “scissors” attached cuts the end-of-life wind turbine blades into smaller plates.
The plates, which are usually 80 x 80 cm., are then loaded onto freight transport and transported to Stena Recycling’s partner and German subcontractor Neowa in Bremen. Here, a high-tech plant specialises in handling glass fibres and composite materials.
At Neowa, the fiberglass plates are initially placed in large rotary ovens. The high temperatures allow the binder to be removed.
The plates are then pulverised, after which, among other things, carbon and silicon are extracted, which are valuable and can again enter the value chain and create benefits in new products. Among other things, silicon can be used in cement production.
- Siemens Gamesa now performs an efficient main cleaning, and we remove all our end-of-life wind turbine prototypes in Aalborg. Instead of sending the wings on landfill, we have decided to partner with Stena Recycling. The collaboration underlines how industrial partnerships can create sustainable results and lift companies up the waste hierarchy, says Peter Birkegaard, Factory Manager for Siemens Gamesa in Aalborg.
In addition to cement production, materials from end-of-life wind turbines can also be used in the marine sector and for road construction. In order to further increase the recycling of its end-of-life wind turbines, Siemens Gamesa is also exploring how to develop wind turbines in the initial design phase, so that it will be possible to recycle even more resources even more easily in the future, Siemens Gamesa said in the press release.
By the end of 2023, Maersk expects to launch the first CO2-neutral and methanol-powered container ship. Hedensted-based company Eltronic FuelTech is ready with the necessary technology that can be used for methanol-powered ship engines – and the company expects other container shipping companies to follow suit in the next few years