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Hersir
Friday, July 8th, 2011, 01:27 AM
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Oak Park, Michigan:

Their front yard was torn up after replacing a sewer line, so instead of replacing the dirt with grass, one Oak Park woman put in a vegetable garden and now the city is seeing green.

The list goes on: fresh basil, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, cumbers and more all filling five large planter boxes that fill the Bass family’s front yard.

Julie Bass says, “We thought we’re minding our own business, doing something not ostentatious and certainly not obnoxious or nothing that is a blight on the neighborhood, so we didn’t think people would care very much.”

But some cared very much and called the city. The city then sent out code enforcement.

“They warned us at first that we had to move the vegetables from the front, that no vegetables were allowed in the front yard. We didn’t move them because we didn’t think we were doing anything wrong, even according to city code we didn’t think we were doing anything wrong. So they ticketed us and charged me with a misdemeanor,” Bass said . . .

City code says that all unpaved portions of the site shall be planted with grass or ground cover or shrubbery or other suitable live plant material. Tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers are what Basses see as suitable.

However, Oak Park’s Planning and Technology Director Kevin Rulkowski says the city disagrees. He says, “If you look at the dictionary, suitable means common. You can look all throughout the city and you’ll never find another vegetable garden that consumes the entire front yard.”

So what is suitable? From another local news report:

. . . we asked Rulkowski why it’s not suitable.

“If you look at the definition of what suitable is in Webster’s dictionary, it will say common. So, if you look around and you look in any other community, what’s common to a front yard is a nice, grass yard with beautiful trees and bushes and flowers,” he said.

God forbid your yard doesn’t include beautiful trees, bushes and flowers. It’s your job, Oak Park citizens, to give Kevin Rulkowski pretty things to look at. According to Bass’s blog, she’s demanding her right to a jury trial. So the city plans to throw the book at her.

our attorney spoke to the prosecutor today. (for the record, my crush on him is totally finished after today.)

his position: they are going to take this all the way.

officially, this means i am facing 93 days in jail if they win.

no joke.

Source http://www.theagitator.com/2011/07/07/does-michelle-obama-know-about-this/

Gray
Friday, July 8th, 2011, 02:06 AM
Jesus Christ, it's just a damn garden...

Ediruc
Saturday, July 9th, 2011, 12:13 AM
Well, using a little common sense here, I would never plant my garden in the front yard, just because I don't want anyone who feels like a fresh and healthy meal walking by to pick up some of my cabbage or jalapenos.

I'm very protective of my garden.

EQ Fighter
Saturday, July 9th, 2011, 12:49 AM
Well, using a little common sense here, I would never plant my garden in the front yard, just because I don't want anyone who feels like a fresh and healthy meal walking by to pick up some of my cabbage or jalapenos.

I'm very protective of my garden.

I think you have missed the point.

It is NONE OF THEIR DAMED BUSINESS WHAT PEOPLE GROW IN THEIR YARDS.

There reason I suspect is .GOV wants to completely control the food supply, or people behaviors and will pull any ridiculous "law" to make people tow a line.

As well as when and how often you take a crap!

Honest to God these collectivist government idiots will be the death of civilization.

Northern Paladin
Saturday, July 9th, 2011, 01:13 AM
Lock 'er up and throw away the key! What was this idiot thining? *burning sarcasm*

This is total bull. How can the say we can't do this?

I must say though, it woudl be better to grow them in the backyard, because that way you can be sure people are not going to spit on them, dogs are not oging to pee on them and the cars are not going to spew their exhaust fumes on them.

Ocko
Saturday, July 9th, 2011, 04:02 PM
City ordinance are code they are not law.

A code is somebodies interpretation of law and as far as I know a code in order to be valid needs my approval. I don't know whether they approved it by signing the contract for the property.

In her case I would call for a common courts decision.

Most likely through Agenda 21 the people in her city approved of that communist thing and thus the owner of the house is not the owner anymore, as the 'city' tells what you can do on 'your' property.

Here in california there is something called 'home - rule'. That means a county can make their own rules and laws which enables them to erase a lot of federal and state laws.

she should check whether that is also what can be done in her state.

For sure I would campaign for a seat in the city council (I guess a lot of neighbors would elect her, the one who complained might have some beef with her ) and raise some hell in that council.

Ocko
Saturday, July 9th, 2011, 04:04 PM
I have been in San Diego to buy Tilapia fry. The lady who is doing it, is doing it right in the middle of town. she has exactly the same beds in her frontyard, developing there cabbage and what not in water beds. Quite interesting.

But nobody complained and nobody stole from her so far.