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  •  You might have to fight city hall. (8+ / 0-)

    We did here in Strathmoor Village, a small town surround by Louisville, KY.

    Yes, we found city hall and won. Across Bardtown Road in another "village" they lost their battle. How did you win? Here is the recipe:

    1) Organize your neighbors. In our case it turned out 50 house (of 200) broke the technical rule. The rule was designed to punish 3 homes but rules often slop over and catch folks who are not paying attention. We took photos and knocked on every door that violate the ordinance. One would have to cut down the bush "grandma" planted 50 years ago. Another would have to give up their annual banana tree.

    2) Bring in the press. I contacted a reporter who I knew would be sympathetic. He was looking for a good story.

    3) Look for help in other government agencies. We contacted the air quality folks who showed up at the meeting with brochures pointing out that mowing lawns increased air pollution and asthma - which is the #1 reason Louisville students miss school.

    Bottom line: If city hall tries to stop healthy landscaping, organize!

    I don't know what consciousness is or how it works, but I like it.

    by SocioSam on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 01:38:05 PM PST

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