A couple of interesting twists regarding my desire to create a Little Free Library in my front yard for the benefit of our neighborhood and for a project I would absolutely love and which would help me fill my empty-ish nest free time:
•My grant proposal was received, and it will be about a month before I hear back.
•Headline in the local news yesterday: “Leawood Shuts Down Little Boy’s Little Free Library.”
Leawood is the hoity-toitiest of the hoity-toity suburbs in this area. Seriously, they’ve got the worst case of affluenza in the ‘burbs. So a couple of neighbors complained to the city council (why, I have no idea – perhaps the concept of sharing is beyond them?). Turns out there’s a city ordinance against auxiliary buildings on a residential property. Believe me, if we were talking a guest house on the back 40 or a servant’s quarters, there would be no problem. But the LFL had to go.
Turns out there’s a similar ordinance in a neighboring city, Prairie Village, but PV does not enforce it and is happy to allow LFL’s to remain.
To be fair, I know a number of good, kind, generous people who live in Leawood. But the place leaves a bad taste in my mouth, and this kind of thing is one reason why.
I can’t help but wonder about my own plan to create a LFL. Certainly I will do my research about Overland Park ordinances before I begin the project.
There was a clip along with the story, of the boy removing the books from his library before his parents took it down. The stack of books included “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”
Another reason I don’t like Leawood: I don’t want anything to do with a ‘burb full of “Brown Bear” haters.