light and air

light and air

At English common law, property owners were entitled to light and air if they had “ancient windows” through which they had historically enjoyed such things.If an adjoining property owner erected a tall fence,or built a pigsty and fouled the air,this was a violation of what came to be called the ancient lights doctrine. American courts initially followed the doctrine and then rejected it when it seemed to stand in the way of development and “progress.”

The landmark case in this country involved two resort hotels in Florida, one of which planned an expansion that would cast the other's pool, cabana, and sunbathing area into the shadows.The court refused to find any rights in light and air and allowed the expansion to continue.Today, especially as regards rights to sunlight for solar energy collection, American courts are reexamining the principles of rights to air and light, and finding ways to enforce them
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They often admitted into the room a good deal of smoke and soot; but at the same time all the light and air that there was came through them.
He, and his old canvas frock, and his loose stockings, and all his poor tatters of clothes, had, in a long seclusion from direct light and air, faded down to such a dull uniformity of parchment-yellow, that it would have been hard to say which was which.
Barkis's room like light and air, brightening and refreshing it as if he were healthy weather.
Towards the house the chestnut-trees we have before mentioned rose high above the wall, without in any way affecting the growth of other luxuriant shrubs and flowers that eagerly dressed forward to fill up the vacant spaces, as though asserting their right to enjoy the boon of light and air.
But Thistle had gained strength and courage in his wanderings, and did not falter now, when they led bim to a place among the coral-workers, and told him he must labor here, till the spreading branches reached the light and air, through the waves that danced above.
Day by day, after the December snows were over, a blazing blue sky poured down torrents of light and air on the white landscape, which gave them back in an intenser glitter.
That was, in fact,--when, after having long groped one's way up the dark spiral which perpendicularly pierces the thick wall of the belfries, one emerged, at last abruptly, upon one of the lofty platforms inundated with light and air,--that was, in fact, a fine picture which spread out, on all sides at once, before the eye; a spectacle
But once in the light and air, he knew he should live to tell her and to recover all he had lost.
Even the flowers of the field cannot grow without light and air to help them
Barter not the light and air of heaven, and the freshness of earth and all the beautiful things which breathe upon it, for the cold cloister and the cell.
Perhaps the blue color of water and ice is due to the light and air they contain, and the most transparent is the bluest.
Light and air contend with chivalric emulation for the love of the fair flower that bestowed her chief favors on the latter; full of longing she turned towards the light, and as soon as it vanished, rolled her tender leaves together and slept in the embraces of the air.
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