March 28, 2010
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One of the things I like about Long Beach
is that it's the polar opposite of NIMBYism.
Power plants, oil derricks, industrial ports,
naval munitions bases -- it's all right here
and the city still manages to deliver a superior
quality of life.
The Oil Islands are a case in point and a brilliant
example of how to sell a tough proposition. Need to
build an oil derrick 100 yards offshore? No problem:
dress it up to look like the entrance to a grand golf
hotel, complete with waterfalls and colorfully lit towers.
And if that still doesn't do the trick, produce your
ace in the hole: "These islands, ladies and gentleman,
shall be named in honor of our fallen Apollo astronauts."
[Pause for effect while men in the audience remove
their caps and hold them over their hearts.] Project approved!