Where rules are established to serve the majority.
Miami Shores is an association with many rulz... if you don't like
rulz don't live there, couldn't be simpler. There are plenty of
places to live where one may plant crops in their front yard. And in
fact Miami Shores permits vegetable gardens in rear yards... search
The principle that society is entitled to make rules for its collective
betterment that may disadvantage some individuals is not in dispute.
The point that you have missed is the ridiculous scope and impossibility of
clear definition of the rules that some people believe they are entitled to
foist on to others. There are some rules that should not be made because
the test that the betterment of society exceeds the loss of individual
freedom is not met. There are some that should not be made because defining
them unambiguously and enforcing them equitably is not possible. This one
For a country whose public mythos features freedom of the individual very
strongly there seem a great many who are ready to declare that you may be as
free as you like as long as you agree with *their* way of life and *their*
view of right conduct. This is a good recipe for a conformist authoritarian
society which those same people spend their energy railing against. How do
they justify such illogical behaviour? Simple. They are right and the rest
are wrong so everybody shut up and do as you told. Or as you put it, if you
don't like it move away.
Why is it that whenever somebody disagrees with you the first thing you do
is offer insult and the last thing is rebuttal? It seems that you are not
capable of producing a reasoned argument or stating any facts in support.
But it's your right to make yourself a horse's arse internationally.
when you live in a city or any other type of more
formal community you end up having to live within
the problem i have with many lawn regulations is
that they are selectively enforced and as the
article states are usually done in response to
complaints being filed and not in a uniform manner
across the community. that makes them too easy to
there was a similar article in the paper a while
ago about a lady who went through her entire yard
and made sure it was documented that each plant
was edible or medicinal/herbal and the city still
sent people to rip up her gardens even in spite of
the fact that she was following the regulations
to the letter.
bullying doesn't just happen in schools...
now imagine in the other direction, in a community
where water is scarce and everyone but one person's
yard has been converted to xerascaping, do you think
that one remaining person isn't going to get some
I see an occasional front yard garden here, not very often. When I see
one, I think: good for that person! They are making good use of the
space instead of having some unnaturally deep green chemically treated
Most HOAs employ a landscaping service that mows, fertilizes, treats
for weeds, maintains the automatic sprinkler system, and the
shrubs/trees... everyone pays for this in their association dues and
everyone is made aware of the rulz before they buy. Some associations
are more strict than others and some residents are more slovenly than
others. Most don't want to see someones junkyard vegetable garden
right out front, and I've seen plenty in front yards of private homes
that were actually a hidious weed patch, and that is why HOAs have
rulz. Most HOAs don't mind if a residant plants a few vegetables
amongst the foundation shrubury but they won't permit digging up the
front yard. Many HOAs maintain very nice community gardens for the
residents. The thing is before buying an HOA carefully read and
understand the bylaws, it may not be for you, I know it's not for
me... and that's why I live on many acres in a very rural area... I
can grow as many veggies as I like anywhere on my property (my 2,500
sqft veggie garden is actually too big for me), I can keep livestock
too; poultry, cattle, horses, sheep, goats, even llamas and many of my
neighbors do. And still there are zoning ordinances as to how many of
each kind of animal per acre and how they are to be housed. No matter
where one lives there are rulz. Bottom line is without seeing the
vegetable garden in question it's impossible to make other than wild
speculations... but the rulz clearly state "No vegetable gardens in
the front yard". I'd speculate it's an eyesore or no one would have
In the story, she said she has had one for 17 years, and got compliments
on it. Until this year. There was a pic in the original story online
that showed it looked well kept.
The best tomato plant I had this year was on the front side of my house
amongst some small holly bushes, basically the front yard. The ones in
the back were pitiful this year.. The one near the front of the house
grew like a beanstalk and produced some great heirloom tomatoes, which
the squirrel enjoyed. But I did get a dozen or so for myself too...
There was a perfect tomato that I was all excited about and watched a
few days. It was big and round and looked juicy and bright red. I
picked it, and as I did I felt a gaping hole in the back, and when I
turned it around and looked at it there was a squirrel sized mouthful
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