The city saw the garden as a blot on the landscape and issued Tricamo a citation demanding he uproot the corn, tomatoes, sorghum, peppers and other crops sprouting there and, instead, seed the yard for grass. The garden measures 35 feet by 25 feet.
With the help of an attorney from the Libertarian group Freedom Center of Missouri, Tricamo emerged victorious when the city's Board of Adjustment voted to throw out the citation against him.
Board chairman Joe Schroeder, cast the lone vote, said the ruling should not be construed as support for Tricamo's endeavor. "The board felt that, technically, he had the law in his favor," Schroeder said. "But I think that all of us on the board agreed that the garden is an eyesore. It goes against common sense, really, to put a garden in the front yard instead of the back." Schroeder said he wondered what Tricamo's yard will look like when the growing season is over.
In a few weeks, Tricamo will pull out the current garden and plant fall and winter crops. When those are finished producing, he will mulch and plant winter wheat.
We don't know how many houses there are in this subdivision (assuming it's in a subdivision), but picture if every homeowner there decided to plant front yard gardens. What would this do to real estate values?
It also makes me wonder what is in the back yard and why not put a garden there.
Here's some photos of other residences with front yard gardens. Next we may see above ground swimming pools in front yards. After all, it's very healthy exercise one can get swimming in a pool. I would vote to allow the garden for this year, but not next.
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