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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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William Enick 7 months, 4 weeks ago

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


Richard Heckler 7 months, 4 weeks ago

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


Carol Bowen 7 months, 4 weeks 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.


Glenda LaRue 7 months, 4 weeks 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! ; )


Richard Heckler 7 months, 4 weeks 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?"


webmocker 7 months, 4 weeks 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."


Richard Heckler 7 months, 4 weeks 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)

Residential Maintenance Article 5 Article 6


Richard Heckler 7 months, 4 weeks ago

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


mags_and_k 7 months, 4 weeks 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!


oneeye_wilbur 7 months, 4 weeks ago

Again, why isn't Chad interviewing the local insurance companies to see if they address this issue when underwriting policies?

If the insurance companies don't care if the house burns down why should the fire chief?

After all when someone dies from falling from a roof, will the next thing be to not have roofs?

Personally, the sofas do look trashy but if the owner of the property wants to live in a dump, the insurance company wants to insure a dump, and we know the city doesn't care because all they want is money in taxes from the dump.

martha in Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf said "what a dump" how did we ever now she was talking about the city of Lawrence, downtown and around.

Downtown isn't so quaint if one takes a gander at the backs of the buildings. Schumm and Amyx should hang their heads in shame as business persons downtown. Building fancy wooden gates with a padlock on dumpster areas, not cleaning out the trash and anyone can walk into the area so what is the padlock for?

We got some real leaders in Lawrence. How could Leadership Lawrence produce what we have?


rumor_man 7 months, 4 weeks ago

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


Kari Wempe 7 months, 4 weeks 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.


Beth Ennis 7 months, 4 weeks 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.


oneeye_wilbur 8 months ago

A bar bq grill on the roof is better. Ask sunflower house.


weiser 8 months ago

Government! The whole reason we have porches is to relax, and even sleep there. It is part of history! Stay out of our lives!


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