Have you seen this story? The Black Jack, MO City Council voted against changing an obviously outdated city ordinance that “prohibits more than three people from living together unless they are related by ‘blood, marriage or adoption.'”
Olivia Shelltrack and Fondrey Loving moved into a home and were denied an occupancy permit — you need a permit in order to live somewhere? What is this, Russia? — to live together with their three children (one of whom is not biologically related to Loving).
The Mayor of Black Jack issued this statement: “The purpose of these occupancy permit laws generally is to avoid overcrowding by non-related parties, assure the lifelong maintenance of the city’s housing stock, prevent new buyers from being obligated to repair residences that were not kept up to code, preserve the character of the neighborhoods and the city, and to protect the general safety and welfare of the city’s residents.”
So, they’re assuming that the character of the neighborhood will be lowered if Loving and Shelltrack are allowed to remain there.
The couple moved into a five-bedroom home — doesn’t that mean something? These are people who can afford a bigger home than most, so I’m sure they’ll keep it in good condition.
This is just further proof that we’re all going to Hell in a handbasket.