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No love for Menlo Park in Tuscaloosa

By rgordon
Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 at 3:44 pm in Uncategorized.

There is no love lost between Karen Coleman, a resident blogger for the Tuscaloosa News in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Menlo Park.

Coleman blogs for the newspaper’s Web site about her musings as a new resident in the city’s West End neighborhood, and wrote Tuesday that she rather enjoys that her neighbors can freely park cars and leave junk in their front yards. Unlike other locales she has lived in, she wrote, Tuscaloosa doesn’t tell residents what to do with their property.

And of all the places she called home in California during her tour of duty here, Menlo Park had the lengthiest list of aesthetic ordinances, which she called “beyond ridiculous.”

“No joke, the City Council agenda and report packets for both of those towns were as thick as a big-city phonebook most weeks. They had ordinances regulating how and what kind of trees could be planted, parameters for the dimensions of houses, and all manner of ‘traffic calming’ tactics that included blocking off streets near the paper there to create a labyrinth that only longtime residents could figure how to navigate,” she posted. “You don’t want to live like that.”

Coleman says she’ll take a couch on the porch any day of the week, something that, even the Insider admits is hard to come by in these parts. Check out her entire post for yourself, and weigh in with a thought or two for her or the Insider while you’re at it.

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