A Phoenix couple have ended their 250,000-light home Christmas display that had become a local tradition because city officials reportedly received two complaints from neighbors about the traffic over the past five years. The local government told them they’d have to hire five or six people to direct traffic so they just packed it in. The full story is at the link.
I know it’s everyone’s first instinct to side with the homeowners, but you can see how having your street filled with bright lights, noise, traffic and crowds every night could get pretty annoying. I might be ambivalent on whether this was really government overreach if they hadn’t also told the couple they needed a permit to keep giving away hot chocolate.
I hope that last month, they made sure that every homeowner had a city permit to give away chocolate to trick-or-treaters.
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