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LA allows veggie gardens between curb and sidewalk

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POSTED August 13, 2013 9:27 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles city officials have voted to allow green thumbs and gardening enthusiasts to plant vegetable gardens in public parkways between the curb and the sidewalk.

City News Service reports in a unanimous vote Tuesday, the city council said vegetable gardens will be the lone exception to a city law that requires those areas to be free of obstruction.

Officials also ordered a comprehensive report to develop a new ordinance and permitting process.

Last month, two gardeners were issued citations for their parkway gardens.

Council members voiced support for the idea as a small step toward improving wellness and reducing diabetes in the city by backing the notion of healthy food.

Proponents hope the idea will be popular in areas with limited access to fresh produce.

 

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