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The Broken Public Process?

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Andrés Duany, urban planner and co-founder of Arquitectonica, wasn't around to watch the Board of Supes stick out its collective foot for 555 Washington's faceplant — but he's got harsh words for similar happenings across the country: "... the immediate neighbors to a proposed development are brought in to speak on behalf of the whole community. These neighbors obviously have a vested interest in what happens in their backyard, and an emotional connection to their space. They also often have a financial stake in what happens, with their life’s savings tied up in their home. 'We've tainted the process by not understanding that the neighbors are a special interest. They are not the community.' " [Planetizen, previously]