Blogger Tales from the Sharrows mashed up a classic inspirational quote with an equally classic argument opposing urban change. This sparked a hilarious set of #inspirationalNIMBY tweets yesterday.

Here are some favorites. For each, I’ve added attribution, put them all into a standard format, and corrected any spelling errors.

 

SharrowsDC

@sharrowsdc

“Some people see the world as it is and ask why. I see the world as it could be and ask where will they all park.”  — Robert F. Kennedy/George Bernard Shaw

Will Sommer

@willsommer

“Never underestimate that a small group of people can hold up a liquor license. Sometimes, it’s the only thing that can.”  — Margaret Mead

J. T. E

@jtedc

“The only thing we have to fear is density itself.”  — Franklin D. Roosevelt

J. T. E

@jtedc

“The only constant is change. Unless you get a small group of neighbors together to stop it.”  — Heraclitus

SharrowsDC

@sharrowsdc

“Be the obstruction you wish to see in the world.”  — Mahatma Gandhi

David Alpert

@alpert

“If they have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; now, argue they violate zoning.”  — Henry David Thoreau

David Alpert

@alpert

“Life has no smooth road for any of us; but at least it has no overhead wires.”  — William C. Doane

David Alpert

@alpert

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door, but only as long as it’s not visible from the street.”  — Milton Berle

Brandon Essley

@No_Brand_Hero

“If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him and preserve your property values.”  — Lin Chi

The Greater Marin

@theGreaterMarin

“The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all the other woes of mankind, is a parking minimum.”  — Thomas Huxley

Emily

@stayawaystars

“Ask not what your community can do for you; ask what your community can not do for anyone else.”  — John F. Kennedy

Emily

@stayawaystars

“Whenever God closes a door, he keeps out undesirable elements that bring down the property values.”  — Maria, in The Sound of Music

Marc Mitcham

@TwoWheelsDC

“Good fences make good neighbors as long as they’re no taller than 7 ft and made of period-correct materials.”  — Robert Frost, based on a proverb

Aimee Custis

@AimeeCustis

“Inaction may not always bring happiness ... but there is no happiness without inaction.”  — Benjamin Disraeli

Emily

@stayawaystars

“If I have seen a little further, it is because of the height limit and absence of overhead wires.”  — Isaac Newton

Ron Knox

@ronmknoxDC

“It is by acts, and not by ideas, that people ensure the bar down the street cannot have a patio.”  — Anatole France

Emily

@stayawaystars

“Let he who would move the world, first complete an environmental impact assessment and a 90-day public comment period.”  — Socrates

mikezdc

@mikezdc

“Give a man a fish and you feed him a day. Move the food kitchen off your block and it’s not your problem anymore.”  — Proverb

Emily

@stayawaystars

“Better to light one small candle than to allow one small solar installation.” Proverb

♭oſsi

@thisisbossi

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I don’t want a stop sign. That would make all the difference.”  — Robert Frost

Chewy

@CapCityChewy

“It takes a village to raise a child, but only if all of the structures are of a neutral palette.”  — Proverb, popularized by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Marc Mitcham

@TwoWheelsDC

“Home is where the heart is, unless you don’t have a permit for it.”  — Proverb

J. T. E

@jtedc

“How many roads must a developer walk down, before they accept the amenities package?”  — Bob Dylan

Jacqueline Dupree

@jacdupree

“We shall fight in parking lots, we shall fight in empty fields and on wide streets, we shall never surrender.”  — Winston Churchill

Kevin Bourne

@kevinrbourne

”“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of condos.”  — Martin Luther King, Jr.

SharrowsDC

@sharrowsdc

“I’ve been to the mountaintop. Because it blocked my view and it never should been approved in the first place.”  — Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Greater Marin

@theGreaterMarin

“A man’s home is his castle, and his neighbor’s home is his moat.”  — Proverb

Eric C.

@transbay

“For what do we live, but to make sport by subjecting our neighbors to endless discretionary review for minor additions?”  —

Randall Myers

@ranpuba

“The best laid plans take 40 years to complete.”  —

Mr. T in DC

@MrTinDC

“We have nothing to fear, but fear itself, and main street turning into another Adams Morgan.”  — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Randall Myers

@ranpuba

“All the world’s a stage ... and you better have a zoning variance or it’s coming down.”  — William Shakespeare

Eric C.

@transbay

“If you would build something, you must first be something. But really, it’s better just to not build anything.”  —

Christopher Kidd

@BikeBlogChris

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win, then they build nothing.”  — Mahatma Gandhi

Tim Rood

@Rood4Piedmont

“If we are together, nothing is possible.”  — Winston Churchill

Randall Myers

@ranpuba

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you—unless they covet a sidewalk—then hit them with an injunction.”  — Proverb

Tim Rood

@Rood4Piedmont

“If they can dream it, you can stop it.”  — Walt Disney

Emily

@stayawaystars

“Never tell me the sky is the limit when the zoning code clearly imposes a stricter limit.”  — Paul Brandt

SharrowsDC

@sharrowsdc

“A house divided (into multiple units) cannot stand.”  — Abraham Lincoln

Tiffany Bridge

@tiffany

“Teach your children well, so they don’t live in off-campus group houses and throw loud parties while I’m trying to sleep.”  — Graham Nash

Mr. T in DC

@MrTinDC

“A chicken in every pot, NOT in every backyard!”  — Herbert Hoover

City Beautiful 21

@citybeautiful21

“Scuttle no small plans. They have no magic to stir single issue individuals into a group of people against everything.”  — Daniel Burnham

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David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.

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