I was running errands in the mall quadrant of Midland this morning. When I was a kid, the area was largely unused wilderness, but the Midland Mall went in in the late 80s. First, the folks in the exurban township where the mall was going in fought it and the traffic it would bring, then the environmentalists tied things up for a couple of years.
The plan that wound up placating the greens was to create replacement wetlands for the stuff that would get malled. That sounded like another does of anti-progress monkey-wrenching at the time...
...but it has its benefits. I saw a flock of geese coming overhead over the Wal-Mart parking lot in their classic V formation, then slowly descend like paratroopers landing at a stadium in a pre-game ceremony, landing in a pond across the street.
This might well have been a pit stop for the geese heading south for the winter. They'd have had to have found a new place somewhere in the increasingly suburbanized Larkin Township area north of US-10 were it not for the foresight of their wingless friends.
So, I'll give the greens a nod.... this time.