Entries by Jorge Carbwood

Bob Dylan, zoning & a miniature horse

Your home is your castle, the saying goes.

And for most of us, it is our largest financial investment.

With so much at stake, the zoning ordinance of Blue Ash, Ohio, prohibiting farm animals at residences is common, municipal law.

Barnyard animals and their smells easily could threaten property values in a suburb such as Blue Ash.

But change forces new paradigms. This change involved testing the boundaries of reasonable accommodations for the disabled, despite Blue Ash’s zoning restrictions.

The change reflected medical recognition of “Hippotherapy”—therapy through the use of horses. Complicated, evolving federal law came in to play.


UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI — The irony of her rescued dog’s life sometimes saddens Madeleine Bransford, a recent graduate here.

For it was the ordeal of his leg amputation that won him his freedom from a miserable life in a puppy mill.

“He has such a good life now,” said Ms. Bransford, 23, whose four-pound, six-year-old pet became the darling of the Fashion Design Program at UC’s prestigious College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP).