It Is Indeed a Question of Balance
The issues experienced by the Merion Community Coalition with regard to St. Joseph's University is like many we have had before in our communities. Gladwyne, Bryn Mawr, Ardmore and so on and so forth. The issues span several municipalities at times, and aren't just located within one lone municipality, are they?
It's a question of balance.
Balance between institutions and where they are located, for example. Might does not make right. By right at times does not mean it IS right.
Property rights in this country, in my humble opinion were not designed to be selective, yet somehow that is how they have evolved. Especially in this area.
When a neighborhood or resident or community group (even civic associations)gets up and says "hey now wait a minute" to an institution or a large developer they are automatically classified as NIMBY.
It's not NIMBY to want balance. It's not anti-progress to want balance. A desire to have thoughtful growth is not anti-progress. It's common sense, and truly forward thinking.
Community preservation is not where it should be as far as I am concerned.
Who else but me want common sense back in the equation?
I say this makes a GREAT election issue. Anyone else feel me on this?
We are facing still heady issues of developmental and institutional creep. It's time for government to join us on the issue and finding a middle ground acceptable to ALL of us. If government is unwilling, then it's time for other faces to govern us, isn't it? And I mean that on all levels of government from the local town hall to the state house to Washington D.C.
Political lip service is bunk. I say we all deserve better.