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21 Aug

Los Angeles Street Gardens Made Legal

Los Angeles is making a common sense conversion for the sake of its citizens' wellness. Los Angeles is making a common sense conversion for the sake of its citizens' wellness.


In Los Angeles, the little pieces of land between the sidewalk and the street may soon be community gardens. Gardeners across the city celebrated this week after city council overturned a bylaw that prohibited using the neglected parkways as flower gardens or vegetable plots.

The bylaw banned gardening in parkways in order to prevent obstructions and stop "trash, dead vegetation, weeds or other debris" from collecting in public places. In the end, community interests outweighed the archaic legislation and it was defeated unanimously in council.

Activists lauded the decision as a possible solution to the "wellness crisis" plaguing the city. A lack of fresh produce in most Americans diets and the rise of diabetes among L.A. residents has been a cause of concern for the municipality.

Residents who have received a citation for sidewalk gardening in the past will have the fine immediately revoked.

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