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City battles residents over front yard vegetables

http://www.wxyz.com

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 city then sent out code enforcement.

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.”

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Created by phonon 3 years 7 weeks ago – Made popular 3 years 7 weeks ago
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I think that in these hard

Mannie 3 years 7 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago

I think that in these hard economic times there is no reason for a family to be told that they cannot grow their own vegetables in their front yard. This seems like a city that is just taking too much power.

 

 

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phonon 3 years 7 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago

The Agitator has a pic of the place for reference as well as the fact that the people could be put in jail for 93 days.

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

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