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Resident fights for naturalized lawn in Pointe-Claire, Quebec

latlwnFlowers and plants grow in Peter Graham’s naturalized garden outside his Pointe-Claire home, July 3, 2016. Allen Mcinnis / Montreal Gazette

According to the powers that be, in this case the city of Pointe-Claire, his wild and untamed front yard is an unsightly chaos of “long grass, wild shrubs and weeds in a messy fashion” that defies a nuisance bylaw. He’s been issued a $650 fine and unless he destroys it, he’ll be subject to additional fines.

By Marla Newhook,
Special To The Montreal Gazette
July 19, 2016

Excerpt:

He’s launched an online petition to change the bylaw and at last check, it’s been viewed more than 7,000 times and has garnered almost 800 signatures.

As far as I’m concerned, narrow-minded bylaws such as this one is just another excuse to force homeowners to adhere to cookie-cutter community development where citizens are penalized for creating unique and individualized outdoor space.

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900-unit rental complex has urban farm in Staten Island, New York

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Zaro Bates is pictured in the courtyard of Urby where she cultivates an urban farm for residents. Tuesday July 12, 2016. (Staten Island Advance/Anthony DePrimo)

While Bates is the official resident urban farmer, Landes runs a honey harvesting operation on the roof of Urby.

By Tracey Porpora
SILive
July 19, 2016

Excerpt:

The Advance got a sneak peek of the development’s 4,500-square-foot urban farm that sits atop Urby’s parking garage in the courtyard. It’s at ground level so residents can see the urban agriculture in action.

Husband-and-wife team Zaro Bates and Asher Landes, owners of Empress Green Inc., run the urban farm at the new development that is still under construction.

But with the first 60 or so residents already moved in, Urby is quickly becoming its own self-sustaining community. And one main ingredient is its urban farm.

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