Like many other homeowners associations and cities around the country, Valley View subdivision in Wildwood, Mo., doesn't want to see pickup trucks cluttering up its streets and driveways. In fact, according to the neighborhood bylaws, overnight parking by a pickup truck is prohibited more than four times in a given year.
As we understand it, the ordinance is designed to prevent construction crews or local businesses from parking their fleet vehicles in the area, with occasional exceptions allowed for remodeling and home improvement projects. But when teenager Matt Perry (living with his parents in the Valley View neighborhood) scrimped and saved his way into a gorgeous 1965 Ford F-100, one of our favorites as well, the full force of the neighborhood ban on pickups fell on his head like a high school civics lesson.
According to our friends at Jalopnik, the original intent of the ban was to protect property values; the "law" has been on the books for many years. We're guessing it was put in place before the average price of a fully loaded top-trim-packaged pickup was $60,000.
We've seen these types of homeowners-association rules before and they all seem to rely heavily on an old stereotype. We have no doubt there are plenty of beat-up trucks in the world that very few would be happy about seeing parked in front of their houses, but by all accounts this is a well-maintained, classic pickup. If the association is so worried about property values, there are probably plenty of other ways to help out the neighborhood than preventing a kid from parking his first truck in front of his parent's house. And what about all the other cruddy-looking cars in the neighborhood?
To offer your support to Matt, he's set up a Facebook page and has more than 12,000 likes so far.
To read the original story in the River Front Times, click here.
Images reprinted with permission from Matt Perry