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Nebraska Town Bans Porch Couches

NE Town Bans Porch Couches: Should Lawmakers Relax?

Perhaps fearing scenes just like this dotting older neighborhoods, the town of Lincoln, NE, just passed a law banning indoor furniture from being used outside. The development could have big ramifications on the chillaxing abilities of the town's large population of college students, traditionally grand proponents of the "porch couch."

The city council voted 5-2 in favor of the new measure, and no one testified against the proposal during the open public hearing. An aide close to the mayor says he intends to sign the ordinance into effect on Oct. 7. Other towns have similar aesthetic or quality of life bans on furniture outside, including Ames, IA, Boulder, CO, and East Lansing, MI, but some question whether the law unfairly targets the large population of students renting homes in older neighborhoods. Is it discriminatory? Should lawmakers have the ability to legislate what you can put on your own property?

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jms92977 jms92977 8 years
I did not vote yes because couches outside are right, because it does look trashy. I voted yes because if one owns property one should be able to do what they want to with that property,( with the exception of septic issues), be it build a Wal Mart, cut every last tree off from it, put a couch on the lawn or add sand to the waterfront to make a beach.
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
Dose this law just apply to couches or dose it apply to benches as well? It is funny, there must be a lot of couches out there to make this law. Personally I've always felt an outdoor couch is just an insect motel! So what are they going to do t enforce this law? I'm picturing someone towe the couches away!
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
Dose this law just apply to couches or dose it apply to benches as well?It is funny, there must be a lot of couches out there to make this law. Personally I've always felt an outdoor couch is just an insect motel! So what are they going to do t enforce this law? I'm picturing someone towe the couches away!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
:rotfl: Whoop!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
:rotfl: Whoop!
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Hmmm... cake... um.. Yay Constitution! Stop trying to take away our Liberty!When do we get cake? :cake:
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Hmmm... cake... um.. Yay Constitution! Stop trying to take away our Liberty! When do we get cake? :cake:
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
:drool:Now that you guys have started talking about cake, I'm going to end up making one out of the mix I have in the cupboard. Thanks for making this a carb day for me :raspberry:
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
:drool: Now that you guys have started talking about cake, I'm going to end up making one out of the mix I have in the cupboard. Thanks for making this a carb day for me :raspberry:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I'm sure they give you sprouts and soy milk too!And yes, we have cake. The real deal too. Dairy, eggs, white flour and sugar, you name it!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I'm sure they give you sprouts and soy milk too! And yes, we have cake. The real deal too. Dairy, eggs, white flour and sugar, you name it!
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
The libertarians have cake?!? :cake: All the liberals only ever gave me celery stalks and carrot sticks. :scale:
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
The libertarians have cake?!? :cake:All the liberals only ever gave me celery stalks and carrot sticks. :scale:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
It was where I grew up in East Texas. They don't do it anymore now. :cry: I miss it. There are some cool shows in DFW though. Austin should have some good ones, no?
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
Where in Texas do you live again GS? I'd cruise up in the 68 to check it out.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
:raspberry: Eat your heart out Org! :raspberry:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
:raspberry: Eat your heart out Org! :raspberry:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
My parents used to organize the big regional car show around here. I grew up on this stuff. I have sat in:1. KITT2. The Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly's Car3. The original Batmobile4. The Wienermobile :rotfl:5. Ectomobile from Ghostbusters6. Grave Digger7. Bigfoot8. Shelby Mustang GT500 9. General Lee
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
My parents used to organize the big regional car show around here. I grew up on this stuff. I have sat in: 1. KITT 2. The Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly's Car 3. The original Batmobile 4. The Wienermobile :rotfl: 5. Ectomobile from Ghostbusters 6. Grave Digger 7. Bigfoot 8. Shelby Mustang GT500 9. General Lee
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I think in this case targeting aesthetics is the peripheral benefit of the real target and that is waste. As a few of you know I lived in Berkeley Ca. two blocks from U.C. Berkeley and every May and June the streets of Berkeley are littered with discarded ratty old sofa's and chairs, so there may be a few reasons why they're taking this action. I feel for the students on a budget but hey you can grab a cheap plastic out door chair at the dollar store or even for free on craigslist as easy as you can collect a ratty old sofa.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I think in this case targeting aesthetics is the peripheral benefit of the real target and that is waste. As a few of you know I lived in Berkeley Ca. two blocks from U.C. Berkeley and every May and June the streets of Berkeley are littered with discarded ratty old sofa's and chairs, so there may be a few reasons why they're taking this action. I feel for the students on a budget but hey you can grab a cheap plastic out door chair at the dollar store or even for free on craigslist as easy as you can collect a ratty old sofa.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
I've been looking for a 55-57 chevy forever too! But they're so pricey even in the worst shape. A 61 Plymouth Fury has has mad style though, especially as a police car.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
City aside, HOA's are the devil. They actually measure our grass. :oy:
rabidmoon rabidmoon 8 years
I think the Uggs are the greater crime, and far more commonly seen. :D In other news, wicker furniture with overly-padded and luxurious cushioning is trembling with fear at the news..... I can't say I have a huge problem with neighbourhoods being as pretty as possible, and its not a huge thing to ask of people to use more appropriate seating outside. Big deal. Money is no excuse when you can easily pick up cute lawnchairs or wicker for a song. :P
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
My dream is to restore a 1957 Chevy Bel-Air or a 1961 Plymouth Fury!
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