City Tries To Curb 'Spite Landscaping'

A city in the midst of a revitalization effort has targeted landscape designs allegedly aimed at spiting the neighbors.

August 18, 2008, 1:00 PM PDT

By Larry Schooler


"The Mesquite City Council recently adopted an ordinance designed in part to curb "spite" landscaping, the kind intended to annoy neighbors.

City officials put Tyronne Meade's front yard in that category. They contend that he went overboard with his vegetation and water features as part of a dispute with a neighbor.

Mr. Meade, who moved to Mesquite with his wife after fleeing Hurricane Katrina, said he was dumbfounded by the accusation. He said that his front yard on Richard Street, covered with ponds, plants and black plastic tarp, is merely an effort to replicate some of the landscaping he had at his Louisiana home.

'But the problem is that he went way out of the boundaries of what he was permitted for,' said Mesquite spokesman Greg Sowell. 'He turned his entire yard into one huge ornamental water feature. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and we realize we can't completely satisfy everyone.'

Mr. Sowell said the new landscape ordinance is part of an effort to protect the integrity of neighborhoods. That is one goal of Project Renewal, the city program to attract beneficial development, revitalize older commercial and residential areas and update the city's image.

Thursday, August 14, 2008 in Dallas Morning News

Walkable Urban Commercial District

The Complexities of the '15-Minute City'

What does a '15-minute city' truly mean–and how achievable is it in the U.S.?

July 29, 2021 - Governing

Toronto Freeway

Does Highway Removal Make Cities Healthier?

Highway removal can improve the air quality and health of the immediate environment, but displacement and gentrification threaten to exclude former residents from the benefits.

July 30, 2021 - NextCity

Pioneer Square, Seattle

Tree Equity Score: The U.S. Needs 522 Million More Urban Trees

As climate change intensifies the urban heat island effect, poorer neighborhoods bear the brunt of tree canopy inequity.

July 28, 2021 - The Urbanist

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.