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The proposed language for the couch ban ordinance has been posted on the Ann Arbor City Clerks web site as part of the City Council’s Current Agenda. The agenda is a 200+ page PDF file, so I have posted relevant sections in the ArborUpdate library here.
The memo describing the ordinance to council is from the fire chief, Joseph A. Gorman. The primary rationale is that they believe upholstered furniture outdoors poses a fire hazard. The proposed penalty is $100. Some choice quotes:
Other reasons for enacting these bans is that sofas and other upholstered furniture are readily available fuel sources in civil disobedience situations, political protest, and revelry generally associated with sporting events…
The proposed ordinance has been presented to the University of Michigan’s Off-campus Housing Advisory Board and has received support from the student groups represented as well as the landlord’s.
Which student groups actually supported this ordinance? Whither the Ann Arbor Tenant’s Union?
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