Oh, city code enforcers of Oak Park, Michigan, ye hath underestimated the mighty power of the Internets. The town has reportedly dropped its charges against resident Julie Bass, who faced a possible 93-day jail sentence for planting a vegetable garden in her front yard. Earlier this month, city officials said the garden didn't comply with an ordinance that "a front yard has to have suitable, live, plant material."
The charges led to an "Oak Park Hates Veggies" Facebook page with 29,000 followers, a blog, and lots and lots of viral attention. No word yet from the officials, but Bass's attorney said of the city, "I would not put it past them to drop the charges just to get the media off their back." However the legal drama continues: the city has "resurrected" charges that Bass does not have a license for her two dogs.
· Charges Dropped Against Oak Park Woman Over Veggie Garden [Detroit News]
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[Photo: Oak Park Hates Veggies blog]