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Re: “Chapel Hill NIMBYs oppose new homeless shelter site

Unintended consequences; inequitable vague, so broad, so predictible. How amazing that the place providing shelter and restoration for the community is in danger of being homeless itself?

When are there not unintended consequences with anything. Buying a car,getting married, picking a school, picking a home, buying food, walking out of your front door everyday. All are a part of life and all come with unintended consequences. We try to minimize consequences with accurate research and information, not with denial and by preying on generalizations.

If the intent is to create hysteria and continue to breed suspicion, then we are certainly on target here. However, I wonder if accurate details would help instead of spin and skewed facts? I wonder if it makes sense to talk to the organization versus not listening and LEAVING the hearing before everyone has spoken?

While the "concerns" are a definite recipe to protect property values, I am also pretty sure that Chapel Hill's reputation as a liberal city is definitely eroded; or maybe perhaps just exposed after decades of being able to hind behind a clearly inaccurate description.

Further, how is this situation different from any other acute case of NIMBY? Applauding the efforts of the organization and alleging to only take issue with location?? In other words, "we're glad you help people and all, just don't do any more of that in our neighborhood" is the same thing!

Unintended consequences can usally be minimized but never really elminated. If there is information otherwise, then how about offering some solutions (alternative locations; facilitate conversations with law enforcement; ask the organization about their intended security measures....) instead of turnkey conservative talking points and a sea of angry red shirts?

Posted by ann1945 on 10/23/2009 at 7:14 PM

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