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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!
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:
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!
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
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.
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!
Roarman Roarman 8 years
Not much going on in Lincoln, NE I guess
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
Restoring a couple of cars now. I like the history of it as much as anything else.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
You build Kits or just restore?
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
I'm very sensitive to this issue. For a while, I had the bench seat out of my project car on my porch, because there wasn't really anywhere else to store it. And I fear that someday I will be kicked out of the neighborhood.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
"Seriously people are getting regulated to death," That's very libertarian sounding of you! Come to the dark side. We have cake!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
No, I don't think they should be allowed to legislate aesthetics. On a side note, Citizen, the answers to your poll question are a little confusing. You ask, "Should lawmakers have the ability to legislate what you can put on your own property?" but the "Yes" answer states, "Yes! There's no harm in the couches, it's just neighborly — and it unfairly hits students," which is actually answering "no" to the poll question. Then your "No" answer states "No way. Small things make a big difference and couches outside bring everyone down," which is actually answering "yes" to the poll question. Sorry for being nitpicky, it just struck me as odd.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
While I think porch couches are trashy,and tic tic ticky tacky a la "Pink Flamingos" why are there so many laws. Seriously people are getting regulated to death, I'm sure there are more pressing issues that require law in this city other than tacky porch furniture.
fcseamstress fcseamstress 8 years
I've lived in N Colorado (about 60 mi from Boulder) all my life. Both the town I grew up in and the town I live in now have bans on indoor couches on outdoor front porches. The town I grew up in implemented this about 10 years ago, when the Broncos won back-to-back Superbowls, because there were riots in which many of the couches on said porches got burned in the middle of the street. They passed the issue and riots happened again the next year, just not with as many burned couches. Not only are the couches left outside incredibly gross to the point of being a public health issue (weather, bugs, human waste, food, money that should never be used again), but having that cheap fuel around for drunken college kids is not a good idea, plus what Dave said about cigarette fire risk. I also heard there were homeless people crashing on couches, scaring young college girls coming out of their shared house in the morning. The neighborhoods look better without them, since putting couches out front was almost used as a disposal method. Now there's couch recycling drives, where people break them down and recycle the usable materials left in them! You can still put outdoor couches outside, but those are a different weather-proofed material, so they don't get nasty as quick. We've got a stipulation on our lease that says essentially: indoor furniture goes inside, outdoor furniture goes outside (or in if you really want to, that's your business). Yeah, the government could be spending their time on something more important, but assuming a riot or series of riots like we had, there was definitely a lot of cost the city had to cover because of it (like street repairs and cleanup). And all it would take is one homeless person to assault someone for there to be an outcry...
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I had friends in college who had couches and chairs on their balconies and porches. I always refused to sit in them because they were gross! They were mildewy from the humidity here and there were spiders etc. in them.
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