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Re: front porch/yard is toast

I don't know what the law is here, but the part of your property on
which your mailbox would be placed is is "owned" by the city - which is
why you cannot remove a tree in what is sometimes called the hellstrip.
However, city code still makes the homeowner responsible for it. So, if
some sort of brick structure were erected on city property, I suppose
the person running into it could say it is the the city's fault, but
then the city fobs that off on the homeowner.

neIN, Zone5

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> That's insane! That's not the law here in NY. Here the kid would be 
> responsible for the damage civilly and if he intentionally smashed the mailbox, 
> he 
> could be charged criminally with a property intrusion and destruction 
> offense, like criminal mischief or a similar offense. 
> Eva 
> Long Island, NY 
> Zone 6/7 
> In a message dated 2/27/2005 10:54:45 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, 
> gossiper@sbcglobal.net writes: 
> Here anyways, they have the silliest laws... for instance, if you build one 
> of those fancy mailbox column lets say out of brick and some jerk runs into 
> it and gets hurt. Well here, you are responsible since you made it to 
> withstand impact. 
> I found out this non-sense when I was going to construct something to keep 
> the kids from taking a baseball bat and knocking mine down from a car 
> window.. spring/fall ritual here, the whole blocks goes down the same night 
> :( Found out you had to make them break-away able....URGH! 
> Donna 
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