We’ve come back to Cleveland for a pit stop. On Monday our family attended a Zoning Board meeting at City Hall. Some 60 people had showed to support the Community Garden across the street that has replaced an abandoned asphalt parking lot. The Community Garden includes a chicken coup, which was the main point of contention. The business next door is a funeral home and the owner thought the chickens detracted from his business. Some 20 people in the audience spoke, touting: the addition of this new “green space” in the area; the community building aspects of the Garden; being able to buy organic produce and organic eggs locally… I said it had been a tremendous benefit to our children who regularly work in the garden. What’s more, I said while there has been concern in our area about illegal cock fighting, to my knowledge there was no illegal ‘chicken fighting’ going on. In fact, the kids in the neighborhood were allowed to “adopt a chicken,” even giving each a name. Our Jonathon, 5, named his chicken: “Spider Man Chicken…” The board voted unanimously to allow for the chicken coup based, primarily, on the large outpouring of support, said the Chairperson. Although I actually think once the Board learned the chickens were, in essence, “pets,” I mean, who would vote to take a kid’s pet away? Note: On the steps going down this morning, someone said: “Wasn’t this democracy in action?” And it was.