Daily Archives: Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Must my Place-Attachment make me a NIMBY?

“Look – the cottage has hardly changed in over a hundred years. It’s just as it was when Helen Allingham painted it”.

This kind of experience, no more than a mile from where I live, is just the thing to increase my attachment to the place. And as readers of one of my recent blog posts will remember – Place Attachment is one of the essential building blocks of opposition to development.

I got this idea from the writing of Patrick Devine-Wright, who explores it extensively in his book “Renewable Energy and the Public – from NIMBY to participation”. But rather than carry out an extensive study of the attitudes of others, as he has done, I decided to take the rather more straightforward step of using a sample size of one – me – to try and get to the bottom of Place Attachment and what it is about it which seems to lead inexorably to a dislike of change. Read more on Must my Place-Attachment make me a NIMBY?…