|Would you go to jail over broccoli?|
For her part, home owner Julie Bass does not see why growing vegetables in well maintained, raised beds in her front yard can be considered a crime. Is Oak Park really such a bastion of safety orderliness that tomatoes and cucumbers are considered a threat?
We aren't talking about a master-planned community with cookie cutter front lawns required by strict HOA rules. Her neighborhood appears to be a working class area with a mixture of single and multi-family units.
Can and should the government control what you consider to be useful or decorative? Is this a case of big brother knowing how to better run our lives than the individual? Or is this a town with too much money and time on it's hands? In an age with the government trying to tell us what we can and can't eat, shouldn't a vegetable garden not only be encouraged but lauded?
What do you think?