Hilliard and crew batted a ball near Town Hall, played cards at the curbside, even dropped a banana peel on the sidewalk (not to mention dressing up in a banana costume and lying down in the street). And they got away with it, despite the fact that all of these--well maybe not the banana costume--are forbidden under town law.
But Hilliard and crew are hardly the first to be bemused by some of the no-nos on the books in Brookline. Back in 1921, the celebrated Brookline-born poet Amy Lowell joined fellow townspeople to protest a range of bylaws they said couldn't and shouldn't be enforced.
|Boston Globe, December 22, 1921|
- playing ball in the streets;
- the drawing of sleds on public footpaths or sidewalks;
- unrestricted use of velocipedes (bicycles) and roller skates;
- the playing of musical instruments by anyone other than the member of a regularly organized band without a permit from the chief of police;
- parking an automobile in any one place for more than 20 minutes;
- horses traveling at more than eight miles per hour (at a time when automobiles were limited to 10 miles per hour);
- the use of ungrammatical language by a driver in addressing a horse.
In the end some of the bylaws were modified, other were dropped, and others were let go with promises of lax enforcement, not so different, it seems, from today.