Sunday, June 14, 2015

America Is The Land Of Freedom Unless You Want To Park In Your Front Yard

I have developed a mild fascination with America's nutty obsession with lawns.  I came across the following article recently and got a chuckle out of it.  If you don't want to click on the link, then I will recap it for you.  Basically, a city wants to limit the amount of paving in a front yard because right now, gasp!, there is no law to prevent someone from paving the front yard and turning it into a parking lot.  The hilarious justification is that someone could park enough cars in a driveway so that the view of an intersection could be blocked, which would affect safety. 

Please note that the legislation is not therefore so narrowly crafted as to prohibit owners of corner lots from doing this, but affects everyone, even those living in the middle of a block with no intersection nearby.  As a result, I suspect the legislation has more to do with some people not liking other people possibly chucking their lawns for more parking.  It's a free country until it comes to the lawn.  Then your pursuit of happiness must give way to your neighbor's fixation with the vegetation on your property.  It will be interesting to see which American icon wins:  the automobile or the lawn. 

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