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Urban Monoculture

July 16, 2009

Noticed two stories today, different subjects, but they might as well have been the same.

The first, a WSJ piece on municipal fights over chickens.

Secondly, a story from North Carolina about a proposed law banning the banning of clotheslines.

I’ll be honest, I just can’t comprehend the mindset that would set rules for a neighbor. Correspondingly, I can’t grasp the submission to any degree of central authority that a homeowner’s association member or even city folk have to concede to. Does a chicken in the back yard really represent such a threat to life and property? More than a dog, or a pot bellied pig? Are urbanites so removed from the very recent past, or even a big part of the modern world, that a few chickens and clothespins can bring their carefully crafted 0.5 acres crashing down? What happened to diversity? What happened to the idea of a man and his castle?

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One Comment
  1. “I’ll be honest, I just can’t comprehend the mindset that would set rules for a neighbor. ”

    Dude, you want to see something that speaks for itself.

    Check out “Ed Cognoski’s” comment on my 2 a.m. brain dump post.

    http://www.treygarrison.com/2009/08/deathofcyncism/

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