In Dearborn, Michigan it’s become popular to convert garages into semi-outdoor living spaces. Unfortunately, some city officials have taken a disliking to the practice and have started to tighten the reins on how these spaces can be used.
In Dearborn, Michigan it’s become popular to convert garages into semi-outdoor living spaces where friends gather and community-wide socializing is encouraged.
Unfortunately, some city officials have taken a disliking to the practice - citing the growing number of cars on the streets as a primary reason.
Many in the predominantly Arab community think the reason has more to do issues of class and ethnicity than parking.
Said a local college instructor and administrator, “…here comes the complaint from people who don’t have that as part of their tradition.”
The Arab American tradition in Dearborn is a long-held one. Arab communities have been flourishing in the area since the early 1900s.
Dearborn officials rebuked the assertions by stressing that they simply wanted to ensure that people’s safety wasn’t being compromised, as garages aren't constructed as well as the other parts of homes.
While they had been handing citations for many types of modifications, for the time being, they have ceased to enforce them. Officials do say they will soon be establishing firm guidelines.