The underlying philosophy behind the foot dragging and / or outright objection to building the Rainier crossing and, for that matter expanding 101, was something like “if we expand the existing roads or build new ones, civilization will overwhelm our precious utopia.” Translation: “It’s mine. You can’t have any.” Fast-forward: despite a narrow, congested 101 and no Rainier crossing, people still came to Petaluma, liked what the saw, and stayed. So the self-serving NIMBYs succeeded only in increasing the congestion in utopia, which actually makes it less utopia-like.

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