Wednesday, December 31, 2008
To end the year, two vignettes about clashes between private “holiday” displays and the strictures of land use law. First, in Anchorage, Alaska, the city has for a number of winters battled a large snowman on property. Although it received much attention, neighbors complained about the traffic. This year, the city declared it a public nuisance; “snowzilla” supporters have started a website.
And in Frederick County, Md., a homeowners association levied fines against an allegedly excessive display of holiday lights, prompting an uproar and media attention.
In both cases, the clash between rules and holiday sentiment apparently has been resolved in favor of … need I say? Happy new year!
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