A couple of weeks ago, Danny Westneat went after the city for taking action against a resident holding charity garage sales:
The city now knows all this. That this is a charity. That it’s for war refugees, some of whom are homeless. Yet the city intends to try to stop Zawaideh anyway.
“While her efforts are definitely commendable, such sales activities are not allowed by the underlying zoning,” the director of the city’s Department of Planning and Development wrote in an email this week. She added that after July 31 — this weekend — any sales there will be punishable violations.
I’d extend the implied question further — what if it weren’t for charity? What’s the compelling reason for the city to restrict (gasp!) actual commerce at this woman’s house? Aren’t we trying to create mixed-use neighborhoods?