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Nashville man uses soda cans in yard to protest construction

East Nashville Man Uses Yard Art To Protest Construction

Owning a home comes with responsibilities: mow the yard, repaint some trim, pull some weeds ... and string up some soda cans? The odd chore has been taken up by one East Nashville man. For him, the sight of newly constructed houses opening across the street was just too much.

WZTV says, "Upset with the looks of these houses, Lucas' father, Glen, decided to turn his property into his neighbors' eye sore." According to his son, Glen Hames worked in construction for many years and can spot poor work when he sees it. But does that really call for a giant wind chime made of Diet Coke cans?

After all, so far there don't appear to be any nightmarish neighbors. And no one is in danger of getting hit with a falling tree toilet like they were at this El Paso County, Colorado home. KSAZ says, "They are demanding that a couple of toilets and a sink be taken down off that tree." Not to mention the complete lack of dandelion fields, which DNAInfo Chicago says are apparently taking over Chicago Gov. Pat Quinn's yard. And isn't it nice that his new neighbors will probably have a yard?

Before ruining your own lawn to make a point, you might also consider legal action. A neighbor of architect Louis Cherry was successful in convincing the city of Raleigh, North Carolina, to reverse its approval on Cherry's building permit.

But if soda cans are the only way, might we suggest some aluminum can art?

It is worth noting not everyone is against the new construction in East Nashville. Other residents are happy that their property value could go up from the new homes. The Hames family is looking for more empty cans to create more decorations.

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coopdabomb July 23 2014 at 6:49 AM

We should do it next to the White House

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mgt0331 July 23 2014 at 7:07 AM

This guy is the new American hero. Everybody just complains. This nut did something and put his cans where his mouth is. Screw the neighbors. Wait till they try to sell those houses!!!!!

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croshatch mgt0331 July 23 2014 at 10:29 AM

"Screw the neighbors". Yep, that's the way to increase your popularity.

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integr8er croshatch July 23 2014 at 3:23 PM

Who give a shxt about popularity

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grudgrime croshatch July 23 2014 at 6:00 PM

Is he in a popularity contest???? He looks older than a 6th grader too me...I doubt he (as with most sane adults) could care less who he is "popular" with!

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alspoolhall mgt0331 July 23 2014 at 12:51 PM

"This guy is the new American hero" you say. I want a jerk like this to move into all the houses around yours . . . that is if you even have a house at all. You're just another jerk.

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fmerg July 23 2014 at 8:49 AM

in my home town there was a single mother who purchased a fixer up home
she was working on the inside of the house trying so she could move in with her 3 children her neighbor complained about the outside of the house not being painted and the city issued a building code violation
her remedy was to get a bunch of her childrens friends to come over to the house with their paintball guns and cover the outside with diffrent colors windows and all

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no1gum July 23 2014 at 10:45 AM

Anyone who thinks this guy should just accept the new construction laying down should look up the Mt. Laurel Act and NIMBY. You might think sparkly new construction is great, until the demand for services increases and forces property taxes and utilities out of range of the original residents.

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Floymin no1gum July 24 2014 at 1:49 AM

I always thought that a rise in property value does NOT mitigate the accompanying rise in property TAXES.

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arcoregar July 23 2014 at 8:19 AM

Contruction? Really? Who is writing these articles, five year olds?

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TEXACO OIL July 23 2014 at 6:16 AM

Sweet revenge.

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dal July 23 2014 at 10:31 AM

Perhaps the guy prefered the old view across the road more than a bunch of poorly built cookie cutter homes. I have seen and felt what this guys is going through. Across the Savannah we use to see natural woods and now you see a bunch of man styes right up on the rivers edge . Plus I can feel his pain as a home inspector I see such shoddy work on these new homes, hell I have seen fridge boxes built better.

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no1gum dal July 23 2014 at 10:54 AM

While I was growing up, this happened to my family 2x. We moved once because a 4 lane bypass was being built in back, a place that had been an open field forever. The next place we moved to, new houses were built all around us, again in a field. Just like this man's complaint, my father's complaint was the poor construction and quality. Someone in the newer area actually painted lemons on their house. Of course, all the houses we lived in had at one time been new construction.

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integr8er no1gum July 23 2014 at 3:30 PM

If you don't own the land you can't and should not be able to control what happens to it. If you don't like it do what I did. buy 100 acres and build right in the middle.

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siouxmurphy July 23 2014 at 10:22 AM

Pretty BIG spelling error in the title. LOL....I want this proof reading job. Priceless!!!!

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weinstein1 siouxmurphy July 23 2014 at 12:03 PM

LOL they all are morons with no real education.

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onemadashell siouxmurphy July 23 2014 at 4:24 PM

welcome to the piss poor reporting at huffnpuff/aol.

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alfredschrader July 23 2014 at 7:55 AM

I suggest buy new building materials, but if you must, you can make aluminum shingles out of aluminum cans.
With a pair of tin snips cut the top and bottom out of the aluminum can and make one very straight cut down the side and unroll it into a small aluminum sheet. Flatten it nice, smooth the edges with emory paper, and you have a sheet metal shingle.

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rondonit July 23 2014 at 10:48 AM

The article was not written very well. This is the first time I've read one so poorly written that I have to respond. By the way, When did Chicago get a Gov?

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