Worldwide opposition is developing to construction that blocks scenic views. In such places as Tokyo, New York, San Francisco, and Hollywood—not to mention Danville, and Orinda, CA— local residents are rising up to block central planners’ dreams of building structures that will prevent people from seeing their surroundings.
Locally, movements to protect viewing rights are taking place in Danville, Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, and Livermore. In Tokyo, protestors are trying to stop the construction of buildings that will prevent local residents from seeing Mount Fuji.
In the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, residents want to prevent high-rise buildings from being constructed. Washington Heights is that area of Manhattan where one end of the George Washington Bridge touches Manhattan.
Residents of San Francisco are suing developers who want to construct a high-rise structure near the Ferry Building — a structure that will prevent nearby residents from seeing San Francisco Bay.
In Hollywood, residents are complaining about the planned construction of tall buildings that will block views of the Hollywood Hills and the iconic Hollywood sign.
For several months, residents of Danville have been showing up in droves to object to plans to impose so-called stack and pack housing on the East Bay town. Angry residents have been appearing at meetings of Danville’s planning commission and the city council.
Citizen-based movements are springing up in Lafayette, Orinda and Moraga to protest plans to create stack and pack housing in downtown areas.
On February 9, the Contra Costa Times reported that residents of Livermore have convinced a real estate developer to scrap plans to construct, in their city, apartments and town houses.
On February 1, the online version of the Contra Costa Times reported that a Moraga city council member favors a moratorium on real estate development in that town.
The February 8 issue of The Wall Street Journal featured an article on what a home with a view is worth. The Journal reported that a home with a view can be worth 94 percent to 133 percent more than a home without a view. In some cases, according to the Journal, a view can add about 300 percent to the value of a home.
In the Bay Area, unelected bureaucracies such as the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) have been dictating housing plans to local communities. These bureaucracies are threatening to cut off funds for local road-repair efforts unless local communities comply with the housing demands set by the bureaucracies.