Here’s a Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) story that's completely different from the usual story of injection sites opening up in suburbia. It does not involve a tree-lined street or a subdivision, but rather, it centers on a Hindu temple of worship.
In Richmond Hill, Ontario, the Ganesha Hindu Temple is pushing back against the construction of mixed-use buildings that will reach as high as 153', overshadowing the Temple which is 72' at its highest point.
Kidambi Raj, a board member with the Hindu Temple Society of Canada, has submitted this argument against the proposed construction:
“For Hindus, the most important thing is the tower has to be seen from a far distance as you come around.”
Granted, my knowledge of Hinduism is severely lacking, so I reached out to another Hindu expert. Sounder Dilipan operates the Hindu website BaharatMarg.com, and I asked if it is indeed imperative that a Hindu temple must be seen from a very far distance. The answer is not that straightforward.