Thor Vikström has gotten countless calls from developers wanting to buy his seven-acre island that he can see from his Quebec home. He has owned the island since the 1960s, and fiercely protects it as a natural habitat.
Developers pleaded with him to sell so they could build roads, high-rises and bridges on it, he said.
“You think you’re going to destroy my island with that stupidity?” he recalled responding to the developers, who opened their bids decades ago at $500,000.
(Via WaPo 🎁 article)
Where I live developers are running roughshod over local governments, community groups, neighborhood associations, and any opposition to their unquenchable desire for more and more land under their terms.
Thus I love this story.