A new gadget could help developers turn project opponents into supporters.
Called OWLS, the 300-pound, metal-covered machines look much like the binoculars atop the Empire State Building.
But look through the eye piece, and one sees a rendering of what the surrounding neighborhood might look like post-development.
"People tend to fear what they don't understand," said inventor Aaron Selverston, who came up with the idea after years working in the building approval process.
As a reporter for a news site in Silicon Valley, he regularly attended city hearings brimming with agitated NIMBYs.
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