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    Oak Park Woman Faces 93-Days in Jail For Planting Vegetable Garden

    This is nuts.


    Julie Bass of Oak Park Faces Misdemeanor Charge for Vegetable Garden

    OAK PARK, Mich. (WJBK) - "The price of organic food is kind of through the roof," said Julie Bass.

    So, why not grow your own? However, Bass' garden is a little unique because it's in her front yard.

    "We thought it'd be really cool to do it so the neighbors could see. The kids love it. The kids from the neighborhood all come and help," she said.

    Bass' cool garden has landed her in hot water with the City of Oak Park. Code enforcement gave her a warning, then a ticket and now she's been charged with a misdemeanor.

    "I think it's sad that the City of Oak Park that's already strapped for cash is paying a lot of money to have a prosecutor bothering us," Bass told FOX 2's Alexis Wiley.

    "That's not what we want to see in a front yard," said Oak Park City Planner Kevin Rulkowski.

    Why? The city is pointing to a code that says a front yard has to have suitable, live, plant material. The big question is what's "suitable?"
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    Re: Oak Park Woman Faces 93-Days in Jail For Planting Vegetable Garden

    Interesting. If I were a city official, I would have used it as a symbol to sponsor an incentive package to get MORE people to get gardens in their front lawn. That's exactly the kind of thinking Americans need if we're to survive and flourish in the 21st century.
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    Re: Oak Park Woman Faces 93-Days in Jail For Planting Vegetable Garden

    This is....ridiculous. Unless it's a full on farm with fertilizer and cow crap smelling up the place I really see no reason why anybody needs to fault this lady. I've seen far worse in the front of somebody's house.
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    Re: Oak Park Woman Faces 93-Days in Jail For Planting Vegetable Garden

    You don't actually own your property, you pay someone else for the privilege of renting it from the government.
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    Re: Oak Park Woman Faces 93-Days in Jail For Planting Vegetable Garden

    City laws are the absolute worst when it comes to shot like this. Property rights? They don't exist...
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    Re: Oak Park Woman Faces 93-Days in Jail For Planting Vegetable Garden

    sounds like this town is as bad as an HOA.

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    Re: Oak Park Woman Faces 93-Days in Jail For Planting Vegetable Garden

    I love this decade!

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    Re: Oak Park Woman Faces 93-Days in Jail For Planting Vegetable Garden

    Oh yeah .. .that clunker on blocks rusting away is much better to look at .. I've seen many a front yards that a garden would be considered a 100% improvement in .. -shakes head- only in America.

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    Re: Oak Park Woman Faces 93-Days in Jail For Planting Vegetable Garden

    As a former City Official I would have done my best to get this and agenda to change City Code.

    It just makes since, but I can tell you because it happened to me a lot I would been short end of a very close 6 to 1 vote.

    Some people are uppity and bigots against things that make sense.

    Veggies are way too costly these days and we can blame some of it on the cost of fuel, and the general bad economy and outlook into the future under a certain party.

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    Re: Oak Park Woman Faces 93-Days in Jail For Planting Vegetable Garden

    Oh god it's like an HOA on steroids.
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