By KEVIN SAWYER
The Minneapolis City Council is debating the merits of permitting urban farming in Minneapolis. Urban farms represent a great way for homeowners to use land, make a little money, and provide produce to so-called food deserts. Who could be against…
Yep, Meg “Patio Nazi” Tuthill and her merry band of lake home elites dislike the idea of urban farming, what with all the dirt and the noise and uppity lower-income individuals becoming dangerously self-sufficient.
The article quotes Linda Schutz, East Isles resident who reads like a character out of a Victorian satire:
“We already have noise issues. We have congestion and traffic and parking issues. So now you would want to introduce further nuisances that are more typical of a rural environment?”
Intel couldn’t manufacture a violin small enough.
It seems absurd Linda would worry about folks in her neighborhood suddenly adopting agrarian values. This is about areas of the city with empty lots and a real need for highly localized produce. I cannot fathom what her concern might be, outside of an instinct toward preserving a regulatory status quo that has served her and her ilk quite well.
As is her wont, Meg Tuthill pretends she supports urban farming, but with a few regulations. Of course, the purpose of these regulations would be to substantially reduce the viability of urban farms, thus ensuring their paucity. Her tactics should sound familiar to anyone who followed her frivolous, quixotic mission to curb the citywide patio patronage.
Of her opposition, Tuthill says “This is a built-up city and everybody has property rights.” Until you want to exercise them, I guess.