Environmentally conscious Contra Costa County residents upset over plans to build high-rise, high-density structures that will block scenic outdoor views are not the only people irritated over real estate development.
Residents of Japan are objecting to plans to construct 45-story apartments that will block views of the iconic Mount Fuji. The mountain is some 62 miles southwest of Tokyo. (An article on the Japanese protests appears in the January 5th issue of The Economist.)
In Contra Costa County, residents of many communities, including Danville, Orinda, Lafayette, have been vigorously protesting the planned construction of high-rise, high-density structures that will prevent residents from enjoying views of the outdoors, including views of Mount Diablo.
Contra Costa environmentalists have been especially annoyed with such organizations as the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). These organizations have power over land use. Members of the boards of directors of ABAG and MTC are not elected to their positions.