That's all a very long introduction to what I really wanted to say, which is that a recent struggle has put a price tag on a certain view without using this survey-based methodology. Consumer electronics maker LG wanted to build a $300 million development in New Jersey, and they had plans to build a complex with buildings 143 feet tall. However, the buildings would block the view of some scenic cliffs from New York City, and in particular from the Cloisters, an art museum. In the end the view won out, and LG is going to have to substantially revise their plan. That must mean that the value of the view exceeds the value of the development, though that doesn't mean that the view is worth $300 million, since LG will retool their plans and eventually end up with a building there, I imagine. Still the view can be valued in part by the cost of investments made by anti-development forces and any potential loss of business in the local area, such as the fact that the complex will no doubt be postponed for another year or two while plans are reconfigured.
Sorry if that's esoteric, but it's pretty interesting to me as a researcher!