The United States has gone way to far in making it hard to build anything. For example, the D.C. Metro wants to build an infill station in Alexandria. It makes sense. There has been — miracle of miracles! — a lot of residential development in the area, and the current stations are much too far apart. The space used to be a Target store, so no displacement. Perfect.
Except it turns out that there is such a thing as a “scenic easement.” From a road. The National Park Service is protesting the new station because drivers will be able to see it from the George Washington Parkway.
Ffffffaugh mragh gah. Jane Jacobs — who fairly or unfairly has been annointed the intellectual founder of historical preservation and small-is-beautiful urbanization — has been bad for America.