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Hamilton Park Storm Water Retention — From Opposition to Enthusiasm

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As municipalities address their aging infrastructure, engineers must balance financial limitations and technical requirements. However, if all social and political needs of the community are not also considered and addressed, a proposed project, though technically sound and within budget, may still meet with significant community opposition. If the needs of the residents are not addressed on the front end, area residents raise profound barriers taking the “Not In My Back Yard” stance after significant design, and possibly construction, dollars have been spent. Time and again across the country this opposition has proven expensive to mitigate and has ended many well-designed and thought out projects.

This paper presents one project where a front-end loaded, proactive, community oriented approach turned the neighborhood opposition into enthusiasm.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2000-01-01

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