Get this – a woman who put a garden in her yard has run afoul of the law! Cities often lag well behind positive practices for a variety of reasons. But Oak Park is impressively clueless, and probably qualifies for some kind of award.
As I understand it, the whole thing stemmed from a neighbor’s complaint. Of course, in many neighborhoods, the slightest show of individuality is problematic. That’s the type of suburban neighborhood where I grew up as a kid – vast stretches of boredom and silence. Oh well, at least it was basically safe. Individuality upsets people, and lawns take on near-religious status among many, so this isn’t really surprising. And of course, there’s the concept of upholding the letter of the law with no exceptions for any reason. Whatever is the case here, the Oak Park government has decided to prosecute her, and bravely, the lady growing the garden is going to court instead of knuckling under.
Take a look at her garden and blog, and see if you think that her garden really is a manifestation of all things evil. It’s definitely neater than ours. While you’re there, donate if you feel the urge. For additional interesting material from an urban gardener, check out this video: Gardener’s Thoughts on Oak Park case
This rates at least a haiku:
Let’s live in Oak Park
Where they have a great campaign
No More Evil Plants!
And why not a limerick, too?
The Gang of Five Hacks from Oak Park
Were functioning like a dense narc
“We uphold the law”
“No matter how flawed”
“And show how our town jumped the shark!”