If you’ve always wanted to fix up that weedy lot down the street but you actually don’t own the property, I’ve got a movement for you. It’s called “Guerilla Gardening,” and it’s just like what it sounds, minus any hairy suits. People in urban areas — usually without permission — appropriate a neglected square of land and create a garden. This bit of green defiance is mainstream enough the director of a “non-profit ecological engagement group” has written a book (http://www.amazon.com/Guerrilla-Gardening-Manualfesto-David-Tracey/dp/0865715831).
Sounds good unless the piece of land appropriated is in front of your garage (http://www.seattleweekly.com/2007-01-03/news/pea-o-d.php).