Too bad all Oak Parkers don't love veggies planted in the front garden. That's our view when we heard of another Oak Park town near a Detroit suburb that recently ticketed one of its residents for planting vegetables in their front yard.
A ticket for a front yard garden? Perish such a thought in our Oak Park Village. But that drama is playing out farther east in Oak Park, Mich.
Residents Jason and Jane Bass ripped up their front yard for lawn repairs and later decided to plant cucumbers, tomatoes and peas. Local ordinances, however, forbid residents from planting vegetable gardens in their front-yard space, according to news reports from Michigan.
As such, the couple was slapped with a ticket, and depending on what happens at their July 26 court date, they could spend up to 93 days in jail.
After issuing the ticket, the city set off a firestorm, with more than 2,000 emails flying at a city official in one day. Oak Park Michigan officials maintain that they're trying to protect its aesthetics, adding that several neighbors complained about the garden. But Jane Bass told the Detroit News that she thinks it's an example of government overstepping its bounds.
We, in front yard garden-loving Oak Park, Ill., agree.
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