(LOO.loo) n. A real estate development or other construction project to which the local residents are opposed. Acronym based on the phrase “locally unwanted land use.“

Example Citations:
At the top of the list presented by the Southern Strategy committee — made up of city, county, School Board and planning staff — is speeding up the widening of Capital Circle, the traffic artery surrounding most of the city. Other recommendations included discouraging unattractive public projects — or LULUs, locally unwanted land uses — that are disproportionately located in the southern part of the county.
—John Fleming, "Commissioners discuss southern strategy," The Tallahassee Democrat, January 30, 2002

Against these threats we can pose our own evolving vocabulary of barefoot epidemiology (community-based health monitoring), community and workplace right-to-know, toxic torts (the wrongful acts of polluters), compensable injuries (such as sexual harrassment), source reduction (of pollution), "LULUs" (locally unwanted land uses), "nimby" (not in my backyard).
—Lin Nelson, "Feminists turn to workplace, environmental health," Listen Real Loud, April 30, 1986

Earliest Citation:
—Frank J. Popper, "Siting LULUs," Planning, April 1981

To Don Munton for telling about the Popper article, which is where the term LULU first appeared.

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