“They warned us at first that we had to move the vegetables from the front, that no vegetables were allowed in the front yard. We didn’t move them because we didn’t think we were doing anything wrong, even according to city code we didn’t think we were doing anything wrong. So they ticketed us and charged me with a misdemeanor,” Bass said . . . 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.
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.”
"I have a bunch of little children and we take walks to come by and see everything growing. I think it's a very wonderful thing for our neighborhood," said neighbor Devorah Gold. "They don't have (anything) else to do (if) they're going to take her to court for a garden," said neighbor Ora Goodwin. We did find one neighbor who wasn't a fan and thinks it needs to go. "I know there's a backyard. Do it in the backyard," he said.
this is what we are learning, day by day, about oak park’s positions. they clearly have an agenda, and we think we’ve figured it out. we’ve distilled it down to the basics, in case anyone from the city government needs to understand it:
1. criminals -good. innocent people -bad.
2. ugly flowers and overgrown weeds- good. vegetable plants -bad.
3. pit bulls guarding drug houses -good. tame, friendly, vaccinated dogs- bad.
4. tacky lawn plant arrays -good. neat, tidy, food-producing plants- very bad.
5. city officials being hard to get in touch with, and often hard to track down-good. citizens at home minding their own business- bad.
6. projects that divide people and waste tax dollars-good. projects that bring people together and make citizens happy- bad.
7. people hiding behind locked doors-good. people joining their neighbors and having healthy reasons to be outside- bad.
8. giving a pass to people committing violent crimes-good. giving a pass to people working hard to be in compliance with all the laws- bad.
9. lying when interviewed by news organizations- good. telling the truth and asserting your rights- bad.
10. having vague and ambiguous rules that are selectively enforced- good. being transparent and just- bad.
You're kidding me right? Why?? What is wrong with our system when murders go free (Casey Anthony...) and innocent people get jail time for trying to be environmentally friendly? It's sick.
Click the link to her blog in the OP.(edit: sorry, not in OP... later post.) here's link to blog.
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
Does this Julie Bass have a Facebook page or any way to contact her or the city? This should be a huge story!
City of Oak Parkedit on 7/8/2011 by Benevolent Heretic because: (no reason given)