A Portland man who constructed a planter box in the grassy area between the street and the sidewalk may be setting the path for others to follow.
Jordan Benner built the planter in front of his home in 2009, according to a story in the Oregonian. After a neighbor complained, the city made him demolish it and charged him with a fine.
But it seems like city officials might be having a change of heart. The city’s mayor recently gave Benner the go ahead to build a smaller planter and waived his fine, according to the article. And now the Transportation Bureau has drafted some rules designed to allow other city dwellers who wish to build front-yard planters to do so without having to get a permit. Those new guidelines could go into effect this fall.
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