locally unwanted land uses (LULUs)

Locally Unwanted Land Uses (LULUs): A LULU is a land use that creates costs–like potential health hazards, poor aesthetics, or reduction in home values–  on those living within close proximity to unwanted land uses such as toxic waste dumps, incinerators, smelters, airports, freeways, and other sources of environmental, economic, or social degradation. LULUs often gravitate to disadvantaged areas such as industrial neighborhoods and poor, minority, unincorporated, or politically under-represented places that cannot fight them off.