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What do you think on the city’s proposed ban of couches on porches?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on August 23, 2013

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“It would probably bum out some college students, but I don’t like to see couches in front of most houses.”

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“It’s a little pointless. If you want to put something on your porch, you should be able to.”

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“If it’s your own property, you should be able to do what you want.”

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“Doesn’t the city have better things to do?”

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Beth Ennis 11 months, 1 week ago

the reason you would ban indoor furniture on a porch is that it attracts rodents and insects. Outdoor furniture is made to be outside in the weather. Indoor furniture is not. I'm all for the ban. I've lived in other cities that had older homes and they banned indoor furniture on porches. It is as much of a health issue as it is a cosmetic issue. Because I live south of downtown, I would be very happy to not see the ratty, torn up couches on porches all over my neighborhood.

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In_God_we_trust 11 months, 1 week ago

Perhaps the city should have banned rodents and insects instead?

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bad_dog 11 months, 1 week ago

Where exactly are all those high rise apartments/condos you reference?

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pizzapete 11 months, 1 week ago

Haven't you been downtown lately?

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Kari Wempe 11 months, 1 week ago

Having almost lost my child due to a fire in a sofa on an apartment balcony, I say this is a smart idea. This fire blocked the residents' ingress out of the apartment so they had to jump from a second floor window. Smoldering fires happen because of disgarded or forgotten smoking materials and the like. Please consider safety.

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rumor_man 11 months, 1 week ago

I'm so glad that my futon will be allowed.

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mags_and_k 11 months, 1 week ago

Ordinances of this type are passed and not necessarily "enforced" so that if and when your inability to follow such ordinances DO cause fire, injury, etc. you can be fined after an adverse incident occurs.

God forbid you not put a nasty old couch on your porch because it is a nasty old couch!

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Richard Heckler 11 months, 1 week ago

What about the landlords who neglect their property? Let's ban those landlords from the rental industry.

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Richard Heckler 11 months, 1 week ago

The Code Enforcement Division enforces the Property Maintenance Code, Environmental Code, Weed Code, Sign Code, and Zoning Code. This division also oversees the Rental Inspection Program,

Report a rental residential Code Violation to the City Code Enforcement Division. This is to improve a tenants quality of life. Lawrence,Kansas depends on the tenants for our tax dollar revenue and inflating property values. 58% of residential is devoted to landlords therefore tenants deserve the very best.

Adopted Codes

-- Disorderly/Nuisance House Ordinance (Chapter 14, Article 11)

-- Environmental Code (Chapter 9, Article 6)

-- Property Maintenance Code (Chapter 5, Article 10)

-- Rental Housing Ordinance (Chapter 6, Article 13)

-- Walls, Fence and other Structures Ordinance

-- Weeds Ordinance (Chapter 18, Article 3)

-- Zoning Enforcement (Land Development Code - Chapter 20)

http://www.lawrenceks.org/pds/code_enforcement

Residential Maintenance http://www.lawrenceks.org/city_code/system/files/chapter09.pdf Article 5 Article 6

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webmocker 11 months, 1 week ago

Redundant. Couches already banned in city code. "302.11 Outdoor Furniture. It shall be unlawful for any person to allow on any yard, or other exterior area of any premises, furniture, other than Outdoor Furniture, as that term is defined in this Chapter."

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deec 11 months, 1 week ago

So if you can afford a couple of grand for an "outdoor" upholstered sofa, it's all right.

http://www.maxfurniture.com/outdoor/outdoor-sofas-loveseats.html

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Richard Heckler 11 months, 1 week ago

Is it acceptable to use outdoor furniture inside the house perhaps with an umbrella in the dining area?

Perhaps a question on the street could be "Has Lawrence,Kansas become more snooty than ever in the last 10 years?"

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Glenda LaRue 11 months, 1 week ago

Unless you are a hillbilly, then you would be in the country. I wholeheartedly agree they should be banded. Also any farm animals and manure odors please! ; )

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Carol Bowen 11 months, 1 week ago

I have noticed an increasing number of upholstered couches outdoors. Now that the discussion is public, people might start calling the city to complain. Enforcement is on a complaint basis.

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Richard Heckler 11 months, 1 week ago

Well it might be time to bring out the rocking chairs ....... to the front porch.

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William Enick 11 months, 1 week ago

You aught to try it sometime....AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH...just don't drink in one after you have been smoking.

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