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Ron Paul Group Fights Proposed Dearborn Garage Rules

Jeff Wattrick jeff@deadlinedetroit.com
July 9th, 2013, 7:40 AM

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Dearborn's "garage culture" gained some national notoriety in 2011 when it was featured on the cable reality show "All-American Muslim."

The trend, popular among Dearborn's Arab and Muslim communities, to convert garages into quasi-living spaces and indoor patios has a new defender from proposed city restrictions -- the Ron Paul-founded Campaign For Liberty spoke against the ordinance at a Dearborn Planning Commission meeting Monday night.

Detroit Free Press: The city “is dictating what you can put in your garage,” Chris McKelvie, the Wayne County coordinator for Campaign for Liberty, said to the commission.

In recent years, a growing number of residents — especially those in the Arab-American community — have transformed their garages into living spaces where they hang out, cook, smoke water pipes, and eat. Some have even installed sliding glass doors. City officials are concerned such activity is causing safety hazards, pointing to a fire in November that was started by a heater kept in a garage.

Cited Article:

Libertarian group joins fight against garage restrictions in Dearborn

Mariam Khalaf, left, is seen with her Orchard Street neighbor, Muheeb Nabulsy in Dearborn, Mich. Both have added sliding doors to their garages and use them as patio-like spaces in addition to storage. / Jeff Karoub/June 13 Associated Press file photo

By Niraj Warikoo
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer
12:44 AM, July 9, 2013

A libertarian group has joined the cause of Dearborn residents who oppose the city’s crackdown on people who use their garages as living spaces, saying the city is violating their rights.

At a Planning Commission meeting Monday night in Dearborn, a leader with a libertarian group started by former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul raised questions about the city’s plan to tweak an ordinance that regulates the use of garages.

The city “is dictating what you can put in your garage,” Chris McKelvie, the Wayne County coordinator for Campaign for Liberty, said to the commission.

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