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07/11/2011 06:06 PM ID: 90055 Permalink   

Woman Threatened With Jail for Growing Front-Yard Vegetable Garden


Julie Bass of Oak Park, Michigan decided to grow a vegetable garden in her front yard after it was torn up during repair work to replace a sewer line. For that, she´s been charged with a misdemeanor and could face 93 days in jail.

A complaining neighbor called the city, which said Bass´s garden (five large planters containing cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, basil and cucumbers) isn´t suitable for the front yard according to city code.

While the city maintains that most residents don´t think it´s appropriate, some of Bass´s neighbors back her. She´s scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on July 26.

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  by: Ben_Reilly     07/11/2011 06:14 PM     
you would only expect this kind of nonsense from HOA nazis.
  by: ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh   07/11/2011 06:29 PM     
  ah yes,  
america where you have freedom of choice (as long as it pleases the government!)it says the plants are in planters, not in the ground! if that is true, she has not planted against city ordences!
  by: shannon853   07/11/2011 06:50 PM     
have brought this on themselves. What did they expect from big government full of retarded rules/regulations, need to fund the beast somehow

They were fooled into thinking there is something as a free lunch, highly expect more of your freedoms to go away, majority are already gone, they are just not aware yet. You cant have freedom and big government at the same time, so dont bitch about this stuff if you demand government run services

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  by: T-bagger   07/11/2011 06:54 PM     
  @big government  
This is not being done by the federal, state or county government.

This is being done by the lowest level of government -- the municipal; an even lower level of government than the conservative-worshiped state level.

This story isn´t about Washington or even Lansing but about Oak Park.
  by: Ben_Reilly     07/11/2011 07:09 PM     
  I hear what your saying  
But i gaurantee there is a "free lunch" in there the citizen believe they are getting, so even at municipal level it would be concidered big government. If anybody has experience in balance sheets, they understand nothing is free, ever.

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  by: T-bagger   07/11/2011 08:20 PM     
Where is the "free lunch" in this case? These are inordinately strict rules we´re talking about, not a welfare benefit or something similar.

This case is far more analogous to the federal government´s nonsensical hemp ban than to, say, Medicare or Social Security.

If you´re going to threadjack this into another one of your anti-government, anarcho-capitalist rants, at least get your analogies straight.
  by: Ben_Reilly     07/11/2011 08:33 PM     
Keep living in wonderland, do you still believe in sant claus?

Im going to be on you like white on rice, your my new pet project :D everything we say will become true, and i will explain why, while you look lost bitching while not understanding the fundemental problem.

Like i said, you will see some ridiculous stuff in the future, you will lose a little piece of freedom everyday

[ edited by T-bagger ]
  by: T-bagger   07/11/2011 08:50 PM     
Or you could get a life ... you know, a *real* one. :)
  by: Ben_Reilly     07/11/2011 09:14 PM     
Nope, just want make sure you get a good education

This is my new life :D
  by: T-bagger   07/11/2011 09:40 PM     
You two should just get it over with and get married :P
  by: DarkWave     07/11/2011 09:43 PM     
Iv already disclosed my man crush on Ben, he is just playin hard to get :(
  by: T-bagger   07/11/2011 09:53 PM     
  Why me?  
This kind of crap is always happening to me here. Sigh ...
  by: Ben_Reilly     07/11/2011 10:18 PM     
  Who´d a thunk  
"Victory Gardens" would be illegal?
  by: mcink2   07/12/2011 06:57 PM     
  She should...  
leave rotten fish in her garden, to hopefully attract cat every cat in the neighbourhood then maybe they would get her revenge for her.
  by: captainJane     07/12/2011 09:33 PM     
  She should...  
construct a concrete wall (adhering to city code, of course) capable of obstructing the view of any nosy neighbors.

The bastages.
  by: Garbasche   07/13/2011 01:19 AM     
  Veggie gardens are illegal.  
She should have planted pot. Then it would be OK.
  by: walter3ca   07/13/2011 04:08 AM     
  Quite ironically ...  
... this all stems from a misguided attempt to "protect" property rights.

This code was enacted, no doubt, on behalf of fussy homeowners who believe the sight of anything not strictly conventional in their neighborhood hurts the resale value of their homes.
  by: Ben_Reilly     07/13/2011 07:52 PM     
  i have some questions  
Who charged her? The cops or the city council? She does have every right in the book to face her accuser. I´d request that upfront at the hearing. This is similar to HOA nazism, just way worse. I see T-Bagger´s point of view, he is correct, from an out of the box perspective. Those of you still living in the box.... Your day will come. -- Mfan
  by: meshuggahfan   07/14/2011 05:53 PM     
"... this all stems from a misguided attempt to "protect" property rights.

This code was enacted, no doubt, on behalf of fussy homeowners who believe the sight of anything not strictly conventional in their neighborhood hurts the resale value of their homes."

Do you see what I mean about regulations? It twists things and takes away from peoples rights, no matter how good-intentioned they seem to be.
  by: T-bagger   07/14/2011 07:17 PM     
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