A resident on Lafayette’s Emma Street upset neighbors by piling a large quantity of items and debris his yard. He claimed it was personal belongings but the city disagreed, and he was found guilty of blight. The case riled many and led the city of Lafayette to move forward with a revised ordinance to help keep eyesores from becoming even more problematic. Under the proposed law, the city can clean up a safety hazard and bill the person who caused it. It’ll also provide a more clear definition of what constitutes a nuisance, including weeds and graffiti.
[What’s Next] For most, nothing much; those who think their “stuff” passes as ornamentation will have to clean up.