George Lucas v Marin County Brats: Grady Ranch Low-Income Housing
George Lucas Studio Expansion Shut Down: Star Wars Creator Earmarks Grady Ranch for Low-Income Housing Development
George Lucas, who created and then besmirched the Star Wars saga, has trolled his tony Marin County neighbors in a masterful fashion: by targeting their NIMBYism.
George Lucas has planned a Lucasfilm studio expansion on Grady Ranch, a property he owns in the picturesque Lucas Valley (not named for him, by the way). However, his neighbors (such as they are: houses in that area are not really visible to each other) cock-blocked his moves at every turn.
Despite meticulous planning and environmental impact studies, it became clear that, if George Lucas' plan ever came to fruition (which it probably wouldn't), his studio would be surrounded by constantly hostile neighbors, who clearly hate Jawas.
George Lucas then decided to take the troll road: leveraging the very NIMBYism that scuppered his original plan. George Lucas has partnered with the Marin Community Foundation to develop the Grady Ranch property into a low-income housing development.
Marin County is a pretty affluent area overall, and Lucas Valley is affluent by Marin standards. Marin County brats do not like "affordable housing". Of course, Tupac Shakur is a product of affordable housing in Marin City, so perhaps they could reconsider.
This paragraph in the Chron made me laugh:
Several Lucas Valley Estates homeowners had, in fact, said that they considered the historic Lucas-owned farmland their back yards. They claimed the proposed 263,701-square-foot digital technology production complex was too large, would displace too much dirt, would change the course of a creek going through the area, create too much traffic and hadn't been studied enough.
The property is not the neighbors' back yards. It's Lucas' back yard. I should know, having been chased off the property on more than one occasion as a teenager. It's Lucas' own fault for having such climbing-friendly rocks on his property, so visible from Lucas Valley Road.
I don't really see this plan coming to fruition, given Lucas' neighbors' antipathy towards Jawas and Tusken Raiders, never mind real-life strangers. Still, these types of homeowners, in my opinion, richly deserve to get trolled.
Actually, Lucas Valley Road is not the ideal location for affordable housing, i.e. for people who have to work for a living: it's kind of a pain in the ass to get anywhere from Grady Ranch... and even then, you must deal with commuter traffic on 101. Not for nothing, but that traffic is the way it is because of NIMBYism as well: Marin could have had BART.
A few of the readers who tweeted this item went with "Use the troll, Luke", and I'm remiss for not thinking of it first.